Monday, November 23, 2009

Clinging and Creeping

I was lucky enough a few weeks ago to take a little jaunt out to Daylesford a small spa town west of Melbourne.  A lovely 24 hour escape from the usual hurly burly of life with a good friend. While I was there I came across these very well thought out fixings for climbers which complement the canopies and masonry structure of the buildings beautifully.  

I'm always delighted when I find something that is so well thought out ... the metal rods not only sit around the top of the canopies but are tucked within the masonry meaning that in time the plant can be trained (in the case of the rose) or will creep naturally along indents in the masonry.

It also is a good reminder that very little space is needed to plant something wonderful ... the planting spaces cut into the pavement were barely more than 10 x 10cm square.  I'm sure someone is a dedicated waterer but still ...


Back in Melbourne I came across this climber in the courtyard of a cafe.  And yes it is creeping up the frame of an old inner sprung mattress.

Also in Melbourne simple but effective - reinforcing mesh mounted on a brick wall.

And earlier in the season just around the corner from where I live my very favourite wisteria vine.