Winter Trellis with fern
Bare trellis? Not any more!

My determination not to have a barren looking garden during the winter months has come to fruition. I had invested in potted rhododendrons, several species of grasses and a standard bay tree. All these easily slotted into the empty gaps where possible. This on its own was a success but I was overjoyed when I sourced a supply of clip-on pots that fit perfectly on my hand-built trellis. This is the final jigsaw puzzle to make my trellis feature idea work during the winter months.

A jasmine is making slow progress on the trellis, and a honeysuckle needed pruning and although the trellis looks good on its own I was expecting it to be a little fuller. These funky little pots planted up and clipped onto the trellis, makes the empty area far more interesting. Instant impact, at eye-level, using smaller seasonal plants gives it another dimension. I chose some variegated skimmia, heather with some ivy to soften the sides.

These little pots have exactly the right, built-in slat-hugging depth for my bespoke creation. They were so easy to plant up in the greenhouse and slot on.

Inspired, I’m going to add to an adjacent trellis pots stuffed with herbs in the spring. I’m planning pots packed with parsley, coriander, thyme, and sage. As its positioned by the kitchen door I’m calling it “The Herb Wall’. I can sow annual seeds directly into the pots and nurture them in the greenhouse until they are ready to hang. Once one pot of herbs has passed its best then it can be instantly replaced with further young herbs to extend the season.

Plans for my next trellis will include a watering system where the tubes are neatly tucked behind the slats so they are not visible.

Up at the allotment this is the last time I will ever see such a full basket of produce. Brussels, leeks, carrots and parsnips have mostly all been picked. Cabbages and broccoli remain but at least there’s a batch of young broad beans developing well.

Earlier, I stored some butternut squash in the greenhouse but discovered that those resting on plastic went rotten but the other suspended in a sling still perfect. Always learning.

Next month will be planning the veg, building the trellis, and hoping the weather doesn’t get too extreme.

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A blog about my gardening exploits to inspire, even if its looking like its all about go wrong. (Which it does, alot)

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