We found some lovely arched wooden lattice trellises on sale which fit perfectly. Once installed, they served double duty as a support for climbing vines. Each year I’d plant something new: a blue theme using scaveola and chartreuse potato vines, purple fountain grass and red wave petunias, and of course a variety of flowering vines, etc.. I was in heaven and all was well in my little Bistro Café.
Getting back to the trellises, it was no surprise that it would be more difficult to find a match and more importantly at a bargain price! Nevertheless, we bit the bullet and got the same kind. Another year rolled by, more wind storms and it was becoming evident that these although pretty trellises were of a delicate composition. Let me rephrase that. To put it bluntly, they were cheaply made! The lattice strips were stapled and disconnected easily. The task of repairing them was daunting without the right tools and eventually I was rethinking my design. The thought of building a twig lattice was forming and there are so many neat inspiring ideas online. Still the job of finding and collecting the right sized twigs and then assembling something sturdy that would fit in with the rustic cedar planters became a chore. I wanted something sturdy and indestructible! After watching the winds blow down my birch trunk arbour, the twig dreams faded faster than red ink on a bumper sticker (ever notice that red is the first to go?). Maybe something out of wrought iron or metal would solve my dilemma but they are oh so pricey! How about that white plastic lattice with a wooden 2x4 frame; another costly solution. I was down to one trellis that required some repairs and I already was amassing quite a collection of mangled lattice in my wood pile! For the time being, this summer I am willing to do without.