Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Vines and Other Climbers

Some sneak peaks at other happenings this summer are the many vines I have growing here and there. The question is undoubtedly, when will they bloom in profusion or am I dreaming? Here's the biggest project that takes about 10 minutes a day. Training these morning glories to climb in the right direction so I can get full coverage. They were growing heavily on the right side in basically one three foot by ten feet area (from bottom) two weeks ago. By redirecting some runners it should fill out within two weeks.

They're definitely climbers! And would probably go to the rooftop if given something to climb on. Maybe next year I'll run a more organized system with fishing line. The new addition from last year is created by using small eye/screw hooks with string run back and forth. The next pic was taken August 5 of last year. Considerable difference in growth but plenty of volunteer seeds popped through the soil this year.

Oodles of Black Eyed Susan vine here this year but slow to bloom except one I have hanging on the porch. Here's an interesting view taken from the ladder. Note Moon flowers are all over the porch railing, some black potato vine in with some Creeping Jenny and those lousy Nasturtiums (container)  that won't do it around here.

More on the Moon flowers...

And a flower here and there...

Moving to the lawn area. No problem with the English Ivy. How far to let it go?

More Black Eyed Susan Vine supported by wire mesh in the whiskey barrels. I did have some Vinca planted in amongst everything but they croaked. Common with that plant this year in some locations.

and more along the fence line on the lawn. Occasional blooms but nothing excessive:(

Most of these areas have three plants in each container. Here's one climbing a small beech tree. Some blooms occasionally at the bottom.

Lastly some potato vines. Planted about six weeks ago, the green vine now has ten "children" rooted elsewhere.

Oh, why not. Some Cardinal vines on the fence posts up the driveway...a bloom now and then, but too early I think. It was never impressive in the past but I thought why not give it a go again.

Not shown are about a half dozen morning glory vines on other fence posts going up the driveway. Real slow going there but does not surprise me with the lousy rocky soil.

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