In Support of Vines and Climbers

By Sharon
May 18, 2013

Are you in an ongoing battle with climbers that insist on invading your space? Do they double in size overnight and block your way out the door? Here are a couple of ideas that might help.

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May 17, 2013 6:43 PM CST
Name: Holly
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I too have some invasive climbers that I just love. Your Article shows what I have always believed. In the proper place they can be not only beautiful but a great feature in your garden.
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May 17, 2013 7:51 PM CST
Name: Sharon
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I've seen pictures of some of yours, Holly, and they are really beautiful.

I didn't mention in the article, but I think the sculptural effects climbers can add to a garden are really effective. It's a little like creating art with them - like the 'doorway' you have there in the corner of your bushes. I have always thought that was so pretty.
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May 17, 2013 8:41 PM CST
Name: Holly
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Thanks Sharon.
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May 17, 2013 10:47 PM CST
Name: Deb
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Great article. Brought fond memories of my son at about age 9 or 10 looking closely at a mature wisteria twining up a post and then commenting how 'cool' it would be to use as a torture devise. Boys!
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May 17, 2013 10:58 PM CST
Name: Sharon
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Years and years of 'slow' torture! Big Grin
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May 18, 2013 12:03 PM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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Sensible article, Sharon.

I do tend to associate at least all but the most gracile vines and climbers with rapacious tendencies.
Perhaps they seem a bit like those frenetically career-minded individuals who happily climb over the faces of their lesser brethren, reaching up for the shining rewards of authority.
And to continue: also relieving themselves of the more menial tasks of the hoi polloi.

Sorry, Sharon.
Forgot. You're just speaking up for plants.
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May 18, 2013 12:42 PM CST
Name: Sharon
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Smiling Anytime, Charlie! I always love your analogies and most always agree with you.
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May 18, 2013 9:57 PM CST
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Name: Zuzu
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A wonderful article, Sharon, and so beautifully illustrated!
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May 18, 2013 10:39 PM CST
Name: Sharon
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Thanks, Zuzu.
I thought about asking to use the picture of your beautiful wisteria that grows up the old tree, but since I was mostly writing about building our own supports, I thought I should stay on topic.

However, it would be nice if you shared it here in the comments. Thumbs up
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May 18, 2013 11:36 PM CST
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Glad to oblige, Sharon.

This is how a person can attain two goals at once, providing support for a vine while hiding an unsightly tree or two.

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May 19, 2013 12:07 AM CST
Name: Sharon
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I love it more every time I see it. Thank you, Zu!
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May 19, 2013 10:29 AM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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I will agree with Sharon, Zuzu.

After saying rude things about vines and climbers, I must say the wisteria in your picture is quite spectacular.
Lovely picture too.
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