Near the end of last year we published a few posts about how we were trying to beautify the yard. We had one area where the water tanks and pumps are located that created an unsightly corner on the northeast side of our house and Mary came up with the idea of building a trellis/arbor in front of that tank area to, in effect, create a living green wall masking that area. I bought the wood and bamboo in town and wrestled it home on my bicycle (some of the boards were 12 feet long!) and we reported on the completed trellis on December 31st.
We had to purchase some protective fencing to keep the voracious chickens from eating the maracuyá and grape plants, so we did not plant the vines until February 19th. We published this picture of the small plants that day.
I took these pictures this morning, just five weeks after the planting of the vines.
The first is a wider view from approximately the same angle as the above picture.
Remember again this is from only five weeks of growth! I had to move more to the right to see the trellis around the MUCH larger fig tree filling up the left side of the picture.
A closer look shows the incredibly rapid growth of the maracuyá plants.
This trellis is almost seven feet tall and many of the vines have grown over the top onto the arbor slats. You can see this clearly from the rear of the trellis.
Here is a closer look at one of the two grape vines.
And the amazing fig tree!
From the back corner of the house the yard is beginning to look lush and complete.
Even after more than five years and six rainy seasons we are still absolutely amazed at how quickly things grow here where…
Life is good in Ecuador!