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My husband wants a divorce. “Why”, you ask.  Did you have an affair, develop a gambling problem, or buy too many plants?   “No”, I say, “It is because of this”.

Notice anything?

What if you compare it to this photo? YES, it is a 12 foot post!!!!!

Here are a lot more 12 foot poles.

Is that more poles? Why yes, it is! Ten of them to be exact.

I dd not realize that there is nothing in the marriage vows about setting 12 foot poles in the ground, I thought they were standard, lol.

We  I mean I am now ready to think about pleaching my lindens. There does not seem to be a lot of information about it online, but from what I can find, two main methods. In one, you take bamboo canes and tie them to the tree and each other to run horizontally from tree to tree. Another method recommends running a wire between poles and tieing the branches to the wire. This method is exactly how my father trained the grape vines at the family farm, so I am going with this method. You have to have the room to put poles in, (and you have to get poles) and I do. Being the cheap thrifty Scot I am, I got my poles free! My fathers neighbour has hundreds of young cedars in his forest and he let my father have some when he was thining them out. Since I am not cementing them into the ground (they will be removed later) cedar is a good choice as it is rot resistant. So the poles are now up and my next step is to run a wire between poles at the six foot mark for my first tier of branches.

Now look at the view in the above picture, it is towards the Flora Glade. Something about framing a view (even though the trees have not even grown yet), it just makes the project feel like something is happening.

This is the second path out of the Lime Walk, it is towards the Kitchen Garden. I had a bit of a dilemma with this one, the poles are a bit of a pain to put up, and I only have one tree on the south side of the path to train. It seemed to be overkill to give it two poles by itself, so I am running the wire across the path. It will be marked with ribbon so no one walks into it (and I certainly do not have to worry, lol).

I would show you the view in the other direction, but there is nothing to see folks, nothing but lawn!


By the way, the tree that was in the path of the Lime Walk, we dug this out as well! You can see the tree in the first picture.

Now I have to be very nice to Ian he deserves it!



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