Saturday, March 9, 2013

Building a Trellis

Roses are not my favorite flowers. I like a few in my garden, but not too many. However, I do love climbing roses. So a couple weeks ago I bought a climbing rose which I envisioned climbing up our house right beside the door to my studio. I already have a raised bed there, and last year I grew some of my tomatoes here.


Now in the last weeks of winter it looked pretty plain - but that was going to change very soon.

I needed a trellis for my rose. We looked at Home Depot, but only found rather flimsy ones that we didn't like at all. This rose - "Westerland" in peach colors - is supposed to climb up several feet, and we wanted a sturdy trellis that wouldn't fall over in a storm.

So the Geek offered to build one. He hadn't done something like that before, he is not a wood worker. He watched videos and learned a lot about building a trellis and then he went out and set to work.


Living in Northern California we of course opted for redwood - this we did get at Home Depot, and the Geek cut it to the size we needed. There was a lot of noise and he produced quite an amount of sawdust - and some perfect long stakes for the trellis.


We laid it out on the ground to see how it would work and how much space we wanted in between.


Then the Geek screwed all the parts together and it was ready to put up where I was going to plant the rose. The Geek fastened it to the house - and it was done.


Doesn't it look fabulous? I can't wait for the rose to grow up along the beautiful redwood and hopefully give us many pretty flowers.



16 comments:

Sally H said...

What a wonderful project. The trellis looks amazing and with the peach coloured rose against it, it will look so beautiful! My name sake rose (Sally Holmes) is peachy coloured and I have two in my garden. My hubby laughed so much at the description. It said 5 ft tall(true). Temperamental in damp summers!

Robin aka Gotham Girl said...

Wow! Looks great! Can't wait to see a future post on the progress!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Beautiful! Floribunda do really well around here and would probably do well for you, too.
I love roses.
Rinda

The Elephant's Child said...

That looks WONDERFUL. I am with Robin aka Gotham Girl - can we have progress posts?

Kokopelli said...

Wow, for not being a woodworker he did really, really well! Tolles Rankgitter und die Rose wird sich wohl fühlen.

JoZart said...

Well done to the Geek! reading your post I could imagine imagine the smell so I opened the mini redwood chest of drawers my friend sent me from Yosemite over 50 years ago... it still has the beautiful aroma. Then I remembered going to Yosemite myself and the beauties of those mammoth trees and the wonderful scenery..... how the mind wanders from a panel of trellis! Thank you!
Jo x

Willkommen auf meiner Kreativseite. said...

Was für ein wunderbares Rankgitter. Nun hoffe ich, dass die Rose sich dafür mit ganz vielen Blüten bedankt. Meine Kletterrose habe ich heute etwas ausgeputzt. Sie treibt schon heftig. Nun soll es nochmal Schnee und Frost geben. Ich hoffe, sie übersteht das gut!

LG
Renate

windrock studio said...

What a great job! This will be such a nice addition.

CJ STITCHING AND BLOOMS said...

Your DH was very wonderful to built you such a very lovely trellis. I look forward to seeing your beautiful rose bloom. Hugs Judy

gina said...

What a fun project -- so sweet of your husband to volunteer to make the trellis. Can't wait to see the rose growing up the trellis!

Magic Love Crow said...

It looks fantastic! I can't wait to see the flowers growing on it ;o)

Christine E-E said...

so - looks like a success! climbing rose - yeah! can't wait to see what they look like.

Hindustanka said...

it's going to be so beautiful when plants grow and wave on the trellis!

Magdalena said...

Das sieht doch sehr vielversprechend aus, die Kletterrose wird sich wohlfühlen. Schön zu hören, dass man auch in Kalifornien sehnsüchtig auf den Frühling wartet.
LG aus Old Germany
Magdalena

Ginnie said...

YAY for the Geek and YAY for the daughter posing and YAY for you dreaming of what this would look like, Carola. Please make sure you show us the step-by-step progression throughout these next weeks/months.

seabluelens said...

That looks like a sturdy, well-built trellis. I hope you'll show us photos of the roses in the future.