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Saturday, August 20, 2011

APPALACHIAN COUNTRY TRELLIS


Here is an Appalachian trellis that I saw in a yard this summer -- I figured it would be easy to make. Wood posts and long, twiggy, straight branches are all you need -- these have been debarked but one could leave the bark on. If you have access to  woods you could find branches and possibly the posts for this trellis. If you have a difficult time finding posts in the woods, try sawmills or lumber companies. A trellis with a nice simple country look for yards either in small towns or in the country. Or anywhere really.

27 comments:

  1. I think of several homes I pass regularly that have trellises in their yards which were obviously purchased from a garden supply place. There are okay but beside this simple country trellis, they seem a bit too symmetrical -- a bit fake the way a grocery store cake is not as "real" as a home made one.

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  2. Nice to see simple things like this. I very much love that bench in your header photo.

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  3. I love the simplicity of this! What a wonderful idea. I'm bookmarking this one in my Landscaping folder! Thank you for the inspiration, Barbara!

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  4. I really like the look of that trellis! Very rustic but quite functional. A good project for when the weather cools down some. Have a good weekend Barbara!

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  5. It's beautiful. And, will grow more so, with each passing year. Something like that would look good in my old homestead yard. Thanks for the idea, it's a good project for next year.

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  6. I have a couple of these twiggy plant supports. When they rot, I throw them in the compost. This one looks well weathered and sturdy. Dianne

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  7. Oh, what a great idea! I think I may try that next year.

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  8. June -- I guess we agree that homemade garden items look more natural in an earthy garden. I know what you mean about the difference between a homemade cake and a store bought one. My former mother-in-law was a fantastic baker. She would not ever in her life time eat a store bought cake. Thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  9. Birdie -- I think many items can be dragged out of a woods, shed or garage that can be used as a trellis for your garden. I like to find the "make-do" kind with stuff I have around this place. -- barbara

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  10. Dianne -- a very good suggestion -- to throw the posts and branches in a compost pile when they rot. I know that they usually last a long time if you use a good hardwood type. Thanks -- barbara

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  11. Louise -- Now what part of your property is the homestead yard? Does it have old flower species or old garden fixtures? Have you written a post about it? Sounds very interesting -- barbara

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  12. Farmchick -- the bench in the header has a little sad story behind it. It sat in front of a small local (and only) restaurant in Paint Lick. All the locals would spend time in there eating or enjoying coffee but most of all it served as a connection for everyone to find our what was going on in the community. One night it burned down and now the town folk are lost without this wonderful spot. Thanks for stopping -- barbara

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  13. Laloofah -- Gardening is a creative endeavor for most folks. Your recent photos show your creative side. I bet gardening is another creative pursuit of yours. -- barbara

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  14. Mama-Bug -- Your photos are so artistic. I so enjoy all the diversity you build into your shots. This little trellis is for people that like naturalness. Thanks for the comment -- barbara

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  15. Hello Barbara:
    Yes, we agree that these simple structures clothed with plants can make a very decorative element in a garden. In our gardening days we created a system of posts and wires at the front of the house which acted as a framework for pleaching Limes. The green 'trellis' that it created was lovely, even bare in winter, and acted as a very practical sunshade in the summer.

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  16. We built one a few years ago, similar. Nice touch to a back yard.

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  17. The trellis would be a fine place for birds to land and find cover and for a child to climb on. The bench a great place to sit and swap lies or reminisce. I will keep my eye out and stop and sit there if I run across it in my travels.

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  18. Grampy -- As I mentioned in my response to Farmchick above -- a sad story. The restaurant that served as a conduit for community affairs, burned to the ground and is no longer. The bench was either burned or someone saved it?? I would stop in the restaurant on occasion as I traveled through the area -- I met some wonderful folks there. I do miss the quaint little place -- the owners have decided not to rebuild. Yes, the trellis would make a good perch for birds. I do not believe it would hold children as it is not anchored to hold climbing children. Thanks -- barbara

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  19. Birdman -- I'm sure it looked wonderful. Any natural space, such as your yard, would be perfect for this little natural trellis. Thanks -- barbara

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  20. Jane and Lance -- Like your description of posts and wires at the front of your house. So many types of plants could be planted on such a support -- including veggies if you so choose -- such as winter squash or cucumbers that provide lush greenery. I am into the idea of uprights being used more in gardening -- thanks for the idea. -- barbara

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  21. And they make great supports for a few grape vines.

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  22. NCwoman -- A very good idea. Most times one thinks many grapevines but a few would do the trick too. Thanks -- barbara

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  23. I agree! I love it. And at a much cheaper price than store bought ones.

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  24. Janet -- and its natural -- thanks --- barbara

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  25. I am so behind on your (and everyone else's!) blog, but I just had to stop by this post again to let you know how much I love it and how handy it's going to come in for us! Can't wait to put one together in the spring, at a new home if things go as we hope! :-) Thanks again for sharing it!

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  26. Laloofah -- Have you bought a house? I missed your announcement if you did. The trellis looks easy to make but its finding the time after you move -- always so many immediate needs to take care of.-- barbara

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  27. No, not yet. And you didn't miss an announcement, I haven't made one yet. Our house is under contract and we've been out looking, but since any number of things could still derail the deal and we haven't settled on a new place yet, I wanted to wait before posting anything. BUT, I know that this trellis idea will be great no matter where we end up, and while we were exploring a neighborhood of old homes earlier this week, I spied one very similar (just a bit larger) in someone's front yard, and took photos of it so I'd have that for reference along with yours. BW really likes the idea too!

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