My mom bought me the two hops vines. One is the standard green while the other is a new variety in yellow. The yellow attracted more slugs and thus got a slower start. I left room in the middle for the Joseph's Coat rose, which is also a climber. I have two small hostas (also slug-damaged) between the rose and each hops vine. Then I added a bleeding heart on the east end.
An up-to-the-minute photo of the rose bush.
A view up through the hops vines.
A close-up of the leaves and the blossoms.
The yellow variety.
The green vine has found its way over to the yellow and has started to intertwine. The hops vine is non-invasive--meaning it does not rip out your siding or do other damage. (I know this because my silver lace on the west side of the house tore down the arbor and went under the siding and came out under a second story window!)
If you have a chance, please read "Dear Blog" on the Yarn Harlot's site (see My Blog List for the link). My heart goes out to her. I love her blog and have found her to be entertaining, self-effacing and kind. She's right--it's so easy to be unkind when you think you are anonymous. But someone is always on the other end of the tirade--words can hurt more than any weapon man has designed. Please remember to be kind--everyone is stuggling with some burden. I am always thankful that mine seem so small when compared with someone else's.
I'll be off to class tomorrow. It's a machine piecing class, so I'm confident that my hand will be fine. I'm a bit worried about rotary cutting--something I definitely need to do in the next couple days. The good news? I can cut accurately with either hand. The bad news? You still need one hand to hold the ruler steady. Not sure how to handle this yet, but I'm thinking...always thinking!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!