18 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: Helping A Vine To Climb A Tree

    • susurrus says:

      We often hear descriptions of how to train a climber – plant well away from the base of the support and lean the plant back towards it – but when you see it done, it makes more sense.

    • susurrus says:

      It’s stylish and practical. I once saw an orchard of apple trees, each growing into their own more sturdy ladder at Jupiter Artlands. I was not sure whether it served a practical purpose or was a work of art – either way, it was memorable. That’s something else I’d love to see as it develops. (Oh for that TARDIS!)

  1. helbergfarmstories says:

    We have Virginia Creepers that we thought were beautiful at the base of our evergreens. Then we saw that they were strangling them and had to take them out. I love them against our fences, just not on other trees or our house (seen some ivy tearing out brings in on a house – eeek!). Hope your’s is nice.

    • susurrus says:

      I’m sorry you had to sacrifice your Virginia Creeper, although it was for a good cause. I shared the picture from Gresgarth Hall as a good example of how to get a vine started against a tree and protect the bottom from rabbits. It would work for a rambling rose, but I believe this plant is a clematis, possibly a montana. I’ll try to remember to check on it next time I visit.

  2. gardeninacity says:

    Never went to such lengths to help a vine to climb. Usually I tie vines to an arbor or trellis. Getting vines to climb up a tree trunk can be challenging in my experience, even when it’s an aggressive climber like Virginia Creeper.

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