Last year I grew sweet peas on bamboo tee pees and loved the structure they gave to the veggie garden - not to mention the wonderful fragrance they impart into the atmosphere and beautiful flowers! (You might remember this post).
This year I'm moving on from sweet pea-tee pees to arches, inspired by living willow arches and informal cottage style structures that are haphazard looking but kinda romantic looking...
Internet trawling came up with these images for inspiration:
I started with a pile of willow prunings and my tomato stakes and in a few hours had a nifty little arch!
After collecting the canes from a nearby tree growing in a lane way, I spaced out and hammered in the stakes, bent the arches for the top, tied them off to the stakes and then wove the canes through for support.
And voilà! A perfect support for growing this year's sweet peas and a perfect protected, shady spot to read a book and enjoy the garden from!
One word of warning should you use willow canes as the vertical supports (as in the inspiration images) be warned that they have a very high striking rate and in not too long you could end up with a whopping great willow tree in the yard!
What do you think of garden structures? Have you had a go at making any yourself?