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.



Claire Maloney said...

Love the inner spring mattress! Great post Tina.

Carol said...

That Wisteria is amazing and with the concrete all around one does not have to be concerned with it getting rampant... sending out shoots here, there and everywhere. Still I would not be surprised if someday you see one breaking through the stone. Beautiful! I do so love Wisteria. Carol

Sunita said...

What a great post! I love that idea of the fixtures tucked into the masonry. Very well thought out.

Bay Area Tendrils Garden Travel said...

I, too, find the inner spring mattress to be a most excellent example of re-use/re-purpose/recycle!
Tina, thank you for sharing it.
Needless to say, the wisteria ... well, the scent has traveled through the monitor, across the vast ocean!
Hope you have a lovely holiday season,

The Intercontinental Gardener said...

Wonderful; just what is needed when the weather here is so cold and everything seems to be hibernating... There was a similar Wisteria in Middle Park when I lived in Albert Park, I wonder if it is still there... I heard that many of the plants in my old garden have succumbed to the draught, unfortunately. Happy holidays, and thank you for the update from Melbourne.

The Intercontinental Gardener said...

have a Wonderful Christmas and an inspiring New Year! I look forward to reading your beaitiful blog even next year. All the best, Liisa.

Garden Beet said...

love the mattress - thanks i will be visiting your observations from now on!