Where I have planted vines

Native Plants and Wildlife Gardens

“I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own where I have planted vines and orchard trees, and in the heat of the day climbed up into the healing shadow of the woods.” -Wendell Berry

I’m really starting to love gardening.  For a privacy shield on one section of the porch, I found a healthy set of Yellow Jessamine over the weekend (aka Carolina Jasmine, or Gelsemium Sempervirens).  I cut off the plant tape as soon as I got them home to pull out any dead leaves and give them a chance to stretch out, but quickly realized I better give them some direction before they got too friendly with the nearby shrubs.  It is amazing how much they love to climb.  A little guidance toward something they can grab onto and they react almost immediately.  The tendril below went from wayward to happily wrapped around a bamboo stake in less than a minute.

plant 1

Reaching out

plant 2

A little gentle guidance

plant 3

Hold in place, count to 10

plant 4

So much happier!

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