I have an area in my garden that has not been utilized for 10 years. I just never go to that side of the house! Simple enough. Except, I wanted a garden there. Something big. Something spectacular. Something that would entice me to that side. Something, of course, with roses.
At first I thought of a walkway lined with rose-covered arbors. I really tried to make it fit in that space. But, somehow, it just didn't work. Back to the drawing board.
Then, you may recall, we slew the dragon, and the gazebo landed back there. Now, I had another problem. How to fit the gazebo into the design, or tell Mr. Holleygarden to move it - again. Easier to figure out how to fit it into the design!
That's when I saw Christina of organicgardendreams' post on Hyde Park. There, roses are trained to climb wooden poles. The poles have a chain or rope swaged between each pole. Eventually, the roses will cover the poles and the chains, for a seamless swag of roses. A caternary! I immediately wanted one. Hmmm... how to fit it in? Can you see how the idea evolved?
Finally, I decided. A caternary behind the gazebo!
Thus, begins the evolution from dream to reality:
|Start with some posts
|Dig some holes
|You didn't think I was digging these by hand, did you?
|Holes done! Looks like the work of a big gopher, doesn't it?
|In go the poles. Don't worry - I'll straighten them up.
And please ignore all the mess. This is a work in progress!
|There we go - all straight!
Some may think this is a little too dramatic. A little too over the top. But I don't. I think a caternary would even fit nicely in a corner of a suburban lot. Or on one side (or both!) of a walkway. Anywhere you want some vertical interest. That's what I wanted - vertical interest.
|Eventually, it will be a wall of roses behind the gazebo.
It takes some imagination to see what will evolve from here. Next step requires someone (not me!) to get on a ladder with a chainsaw to level off the top of the posts. Then chains will be added (my job). And roses. And, I know, even after that, there is probably another year's (or two) worth of work to complete. A walkway leading up to the gazebo. Flowers lining the walkway. And, upon request of Mr. Holleygarden, a way for the tractor to be able to drive around in there! Imagine it for a moment. Can you see it? I can.
We've evolved from dream to reality. Now the evolution from reality toward the dream begins.
I'm linking up with GardenWalk GardenTalk's Word for Wednesday meme on evolution. But I want to know. What do you think? Do you just see a mess - or can you see the dream? Too over the top for you? Or just what the space needed? Don't be afraid to say - I don't bite! You may even have a suggestion I can use.