Here is the grape arbor, today.*
*A tip of the garden straw-hat to Pam’s English Cottage Garden for vine inspiration!
These grapes are about 25 years old, but they have been huge like this for a long time now. There are three plants here, and they grow over the top of the arbor from where they originate along the right-hand side. They’re all seedless grapes, some green and some purple.
They are poorly disciplined, as they grow, and they stretch up to climb the birch trees and reach down to grab the rhododendrons– really it’s a constant battle, but I love them anyway.
These are the woody stems of the largest vine.
I like to have tables and chairs everywhere. So some are under this arbor, as well as on the front porch (for breakfast sun) and by the wood fire in the parlor (for winter suppers). It has to do with how much I like comfort as well as food…. This glass and iron table is a recent $30 find from Goodwill, and the folding metal chairs have been around forever. (I plan to paint the chairs but then I plan to do a lot of things.)
Years ago we laid a herringbone pattern brick floor in sand in this dark and cool summer place. It gets mossy and yes weeds grow like mad in the cracks in the spring and I go after them with my scary little sharp knife. (You didn’t know I was capable of having a scary knife did you? I also have a small cannon. But I won’t divert the discussion to that because Kininvie thinks I will.)
Looking out. You can see that the grass is finally getting dry, and Max is working on his tan, or something. You can also see the (mossy) boards across the top of the arbor. Later, in September, the ripe grapes hang down from this “ceiling” most delectably. We just eat them fresh but really we should be making wine or something since Mr. O believes they are all wine grape varieties. (Maybe later after I learn to make beer.)
We have one other group of grape vines that have been pressed (wink wink) into garden service as an outdoor room divider.
The long horizontal support pipes for this arbor came out of our old well. It was a deep well (360 feet) not that it had any appreciable water but now we have a good supply of long well-pipes for garden use. (The new well has a little more water production but not enough to satisfy some gardeners around here.)
The grapes in the sun are doing better than the ones at the shady end of this 45 feet of arbor. These plants are about 7 years old. They separate one grassy area (“lawn” just doesn’t apply) from the vegetable garden and it’s fun to walk through the “doorway” in the middle.
So, a short post. Shorter than the ones holding up the grapes maybe. But I better quit with the puns before WordPress deletes me.
I will just go pick the ONE ripe tomato that I happen to know is out there and proceed with the pasta salad preparation so I can have a nice summer supper under the grape vines.