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Saturday, October 11, 2003

More trellis info/Shade Garden

I finally got around to taking some pictures of the wisteria trellis today. I am still feeling a bit under the weather with a persistent cold, but I still try to do something with my day, even if is something as small as getting pictures and posting here.

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I had thought about removing the lattice panels on the side of the trellis, as well, but my wife likes the look of them. The wisteria does tend to try and rip them apart, though, so they may have to go eventually.

At the end of the photo gallery you will also find some pictures of my shade garden, otherwise known as the barren area where nothing will grow. The heavy shade cover, bad soil and tremendous amount of tree roots really give me problems back there. A few years ago, I planted some shade azaleas and gardenias, but they are all stunted and barely holding on at this point.

I have though about creating a raised bed in this area to combat the problems listed above. It would be a lot of work, but might yield better results than the current effort.

As always, any comments and ideas are greatly appreciated.

Friday, October 10, 2003

Trellis rebuild

Now that the wisteria is starting to drop its leaves, it is time to consider rebuilding the trellis on which it lives. The posts and frame are sturdy and shouldn't need to be replaced. The top of the trellis is simply lattice laid across a 2x4 frame. This lattice is falling apart and I was thinking about simply replacing it with new lattice. Yesterday, though, I got a better idea. I think I want to replace the lattice on top with more decorative arrangement in the style of a pergola. This could be done with more 2x4s, cutting decorative designs on each end. I have started looking for various examples of pergolas to see if there are any designed I might be able to "borrow" for my design. If you have any ideas, please send me a URL so I can check them out.

I will try and get some pictures during the day tomorrow ( I ran out of light today) so you can get a better idea of what I am talking about.