partners in twine: vines happily climbing shrubs
PERENNIAL VINES SEEM TO JUMP OUT OF BED when spring arrives, look once around, then quickly grab onto the closest neighbor–thorny or not–for support, as if they know they’ll soon be too tall to stand up straight on their own. What’s a few scratches, compared to falling flat on your face?
One of the vigorous young Clematis I bought last year from Brushwood Nursery at the nearby Trade Secrets annual plant sale shot up about a foot this week and headed straight for a Rosa rugosa, thorns and all, above. Hey, baby, how about a hand?
It’s a great time of year to add more vines alongside more shrubs…or so I’m thinking over here. Read about training vines up shrubs for an extra season of impact from one garden space.
Or browse all my vine stories posted so far.