Tuesday, April 19, 2011


I have been looking at these obelisks since the mid-nineties and never bought them when I lived at my last house.

Now, I have the perfect place for them, the perfect use for them, so I went and ordered three (8-foot) from Plow and Hearth.  I found a coupon offering me a 15% discount which basically gave me free shipping and then some.

The forums had mixed reviews, with the negative posts having more to do with putting the obelisks together than anything else.  Frank had no problem putting it together.  (The MBA finally came in handy.)

Now we just have to dig the hole to plunk these 12 inches into the ground and then plant whatever we want to climb upwards.

These babies look good!  They're weighty, well crafted, and feel solid.  I can't wait to get them in and create my "screen".  Now I'm searching for three small trees to plant between each obelisk to create a nice living wall between the deck and the vegetable garden.  Crape Myrtles would be great, but my zone (6a) is risky.  I will research this and find the right specimen.  In the meantime, the obelisks call for clematis and climbing roses... Nelly Moser with Don Juan, Jackmanii with Rose Dawn, and Sweet Autumn with America.

Of course, this can all change, but I do believe whatever the combination, we will have clematis intertwined with fragrant roses.


  1. Hey Garden Girl!! It's coming together and looks great!

  2. Hi Wendy, Those obelisks are great! They look quite substantial and sturdy. Some crepe myrtles do better than others in the cold, namely the white ones. At least in my garden. J. maples might work between the obelisks though. You can't beat them. The idea of clematis and roses on these obelisks sounds perfect.

  3. Audrey, I think we have a ways to go before we can call ANYTHING out here great. LOL LOL LOL You think you're done when the house is built. Ha! You've only just BEGUN when the house is built!

    Tina, J maples WOULD be great. I was also thinking smaller lilacs, white ones. I know there are a few out there that sort of stay compact, not too tall and wide. I sit out there with my coffee and just stare, stare, stare. Then it hits me. The obelisks ARE great. Told my husband to hurry up and finish his work so he can start on MINE. *tee hee*



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