You may recall that earlier this summer I posted about my roses which were having their most prolific year yet. If you missed it you can read about that here. This year there was an explosion of flowers and vines and I suddenly realized I was going to have to provide a better structure. Otherwise I was going to have a big tangled mess on my hands. Soon after that post I met with a local fence and deck company representative and signed a contract for an arbor. And, finally, this past weekend, the workmen came to build it.
It is probably better to put the arbor up first, then plant your roses, or at least plan where an arbor might go before planting. However, I was not at all sure I would be able to grow these very persnickety flowers since I get very little sun in my yard. The site I ordered my roses from specified that most roses need at least 8 hours of sunlight a day. I found one little corner of my yard that might just possibly meet those requirements and crossed my fingers.
Two years later, I couldn’t believe my eyes!
Can you see that flimsy, struggling support trying to hold up this flourishing beauty? At least a couple of times a week I had to go out and shore it up with braces and cinder blocks and rope. It was apparent the supports were not going to last much longer with such abundance.
I intended for there to be a lattice panel on the back side of the arbor, in addition to the sides. This is not the type of arbor you can walk through. There is a lower flower bed behind the roses which prevents anyone from attempting it. Of course with the iron bench in place, it is even more obvious. But now I am not sure. One rose bush will have to be relocated or removed if I do so. I will have to think about it. I do like the idea of an enclosed little spot in the garden. But I have a feeling that moving that rose bush will result in its demise. Possibly I can get a few vines to criss-cross in the back there. And that would create the enclosure I want. I will mull it over, which is how I make all my decisions.
I had to do a little trimming on the rose vines in order to pry them apart from the supports and each other. That was not an easy task and I waited until the last minute to do it. Since August is not the recommended season for rose pruning I hope they survive. But I can always order more, right? The construction progress was hard on my grass, but it will come back.
When we bought our house the backyard was a slope down to the driveway, with very few plantings other than azaleas along the fence on the right side. At first our improvements hardly seem to make a difference. But the accumulation of small projects has entirely changed the space. There is so much pleasure in seeing a garden evolve.
I don’t seem to have any before pictures. It was the early 2000s. We weren’t taking so many pictures back then.
I’m looking forward to having coffee out here soon! That morning sun looks so inviting.
I’m already thinking ‘what took me so long to do this?’. But, I remind myself that inspiration takes time and ideas evolve and build on one another.