hubs finally built the trellis of my dreams! miss m was right, a gazing ball was the way to go...here's another detail of the trellis, taken from the deck with the zoom... look ma, no nail holes!
the trellis cost about $200 in materials: 1.5" x1.5"cedar, $150, 0.5" copper pipe, $25, gazing ball, $25 and maybe a little more for the silicone rtv adhesive we used to attach the ball. let's see if the ball stays attached... we did rough it up a bit with sandpaper before glueing.
next spring i'll prune the dwarf spruces to better match the angle of the trellis... does anyone have any ideas of what to grow up it? i'm thinking of an orange peel clematis... your ideas?
meanwhile, the goldfinches are feasting on the sunflowers, but too shy for a close up. sorry this pictures just do not meet up to kerri's.
male on lower left, female on upper right...
female adjusting her position...
and, i harvested the 'shining light' watermelon... which was disappointing (not sweet at all.) i'm going to wait to harvest the others.