Craft Night yesterday was so much fun I forgot about the time! When I got home (at 11 PM) I was so beat all I could do was sit on the couch and watch Seinfeld reruns. Not a bad nighttime activity in itself, but not very productive when it comes to writing for the blog… When I finally forced myself to open up my computer and do some work, my laptop had turned into a two-year-old and said NO to everything. That’s when I decided to just call it a day, take a shower, and go to bed. So here I find myself on Friday morning writing yesterday’s blogpost for Green Thumb Thursday, which was all about twigs! And Susan. At least, I think it’s about Susan.
The thing I love most about having a garden is discovering returning plants. Some of them are perennials like this Bleeding Heart that’s already three times bigger than last year and already in full bloom:
Annuals, that seeded without my interference – or knowledge even – can be a little trickier to figure out. My knowledge of plants is big enough that I recognize every plant when they’re still a seedling. For instance: in March I discovered these tiny seedlings of something I didn’t recognize growing against the crumbling down brick “wall” (more like: threshold) in the back. I’ve left them to grow, and for a while I’ve been hoping it’s the Black-eyed Susan vine that I planted in this spot last year.
Any avid gardeners out there who want to venture a guess?? I’m talking about the group of little pointy leaved seedlings nearest to the wall. This morning I inspected them again and I am really not sure anymore. Now they’ve grown a bit they don’t seem to be developing those heart shaped arrowy leaves that characterize the Black-eyed Susan vine.
Now, if it is Black-eyed Susan vine they will need something the climb up against. I’ve pinned a lot of trellis inspiration and I particularly like this one and this one. So yesterday I tried to recreate something like that using material I already had. My search for twigs soon led me to this place:
This is my (not very successful) compost heap that’s behind the shed. I’m planning a Green Thumb Thursday post very soon in which I want to take out all the old wood in this pile and build a pen like construction and to a real compost heap. It was a good source of material for today’s pin though and after some rummaging around, and disturbing a lot of insect’s and spider’s homes, I had collected a small pile of twigs:
I began with the three branches that were the thickest and stuck them into the ground about 20 cm from each other to serve as a base.
Then I took the rest of the thinner branches to weave a sort of cathedral window shaped trellis. I first weaved a few of them horizontally through the three vertical branches. Then I used in a the longer and thinner branches to shape the sides and top of the trellis.
It was a bit of a free from project, shaping this as I went about it and adjusting the construction when it seemed to collapse.
When I had run out of material I snipped off a few ends that were sticking out with garden shears to improve the shape. Here is my finished trellis, her name is Twiggy:
I’m really pleased with the result and when I’m doing the compost heap overhaul in a week or so I’ll be saving all the twigs I find to make more Twiggys.
In the meanwhile, let’s just wait and see whether these mystery plants actually need Twiggy. If not, I’ve got a morning glory that’s just germinated…