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Telephone Pole Camouflage


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From:Date:Zone:
Deirdre30-Mar-01 05:04 PM EST   
Ed30-Mar-01 05:57 PM EST   
Susan30-Mar-01 07:06 PM EST   
Deirdre01-Apr-01 07:40 AM EST   
Betty - zone 502-Apr-01 07:08 AM EST   
Revey03-Apr-01 12:32 AM EST   
JoanneS05-Apr-01 12:35 PM EST   
b mero08-Apr-01 10:13 AM EST   
Laura13-Apr-01 03:18 PM EST   
tonylyn13-Apr-01 07:11 PM EST   
Angela23-Apr-01 05:56 PM EST 4   
23-Apr-01 08:14 PM EST   
Laura23-Apr-01 09:19 PM EST 2b   
Linda26-Apr-01 08:05 AM EST 5b   
Betty26-Apr-01 09:02 AM EST 5a   
Linda01-May-01 11:01 PM EST 5b   


Subject: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: Deirdre
Zone:
Date: 30-Mar-01 05:04 PM EST

There is wooden telephone pole about 1/2 way down my driveway, about 21' from the front door. Apparently this is bad Feng Shui!! It is also not very attractive. Could anyway suggest a flowering, climbing plant for zone 5. Perennial, hardy, fast-growing, relatively neat, small leaves, long bloom season, fragrance a bonus. Is there any such animal, or should there be two different plants, and let them tangle together? Thanks for your help.


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: Ed
Zone:
Date: 30-Mar-01 05:57 PM EST

Have yet to meet such an animal but climbing hydrangea would be my top choice. Fast growing it is not, but patience will be rewarded with a spectacular display of white flowers against a background of green hugging that pole year after year. Either trumpet vine or climbing honeysuckle would do well with occasionl help. such as training new growth around the pole and temporarily supporting with twine. Driving nails into the post could serve the same supporting purpose.Ingenuity is an essential ingredient of creative gardening.


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: Susan
Zone:
Date: 30-Mar-01 07:06 PM EST

I do like Morning Glories. They are an annual but a very fast growing one. Actually one of the prettiest sights I've seen is a telephone pole in out neighborhood that, by July each year, is draped in a cloak of 'Heavenly Blue' Morning Glories. They climb the guy wires are the base and then twine around the pole all the way to the top. It's quite a sight! Silverlace would probably do the same and it's perennial - white flowers in late summer.


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: Deirdre
Zone:
Date: 01-Apr-01 07:40 AM EST

Hi Susan - I agree Morning Glories are gorgeous and have used them the past couple of years, but last year the leaves were so big, I had to keep cutting them back in order to see the flowers. Budding Poet, you mentioned Datura "Blackcurrant Swirl" in another post. Could you describe it in a little more detail, and is it the kind of plant that is readily available in nurseries? Is Datura its common or botanical name? Did you all remember to put your clocks forward?


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: Betty - zone 5
Zone:
Date: 02-Apr-01 07:08 AM EST

How about Hops? They grow really fast, are attractive ( although their flowers are not bright ), and the best is that if your pole needs to be climbed, they are not easily damaged.


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: Revey
Zone:
Date: 03-Apr-01 12:32 AM EST

Wrap the pole with Chicken wire about 8 ft up..plant a clematis! Did it to mine and looks wonderful! Takes 2 to 3 years to get full effect but worth the wait!! Remember to plant the clematis about 6 inches deeper then in the pot to form a good root structure and shade the roots with either a mulch or some sort of small shrub etc. BTW...2 Clematis, planted on each side of the pole work well. Plant 2 types that bloom together or at different times.Nice effect!


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: JoanneS
Zone:
Date: 05-Apr-01 12:35 PM EST

Revey's suggestion is great. I have seen some of the Alpina varieties growing in a spruce in our neighbourhood. They've taken over beautifully and are well past the height of the two-storey house.


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: b mero
Zone:
Date: 08-Apr-01 10:13 AM EST

I agree. Try hops. We have grown it up our telephone phone on top of see through netting to give it something to grab on to.


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: Laura
Zone:
Date: 13-Apr-01 03:18 PM EST

What is hops? Do clematis or hops survive Zone 2? I never thought about doing something with my telephone pole, I just didn't like it in my yard. Thanks for the great suggestion!


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: tonylyn
Zone:
Date: 13-Apr-01 07:11 PM EST

I am growing hops in a zone 3 garden they are very hardy. I would try them in your zone 2 garden they probably will do quite well.


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: Angela
Zone: 4
Date: 23-Apr-01 05:56 PM EST

What vine will grow well in regina saskatchewan?


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From:
Zone:
Date: 23-Apr-01 08:14 PM EST

hops will. I live in zone 2 and it has come back for 2 years. What about wild cucumber vine? It's a fast growing annual that reseeds itself.


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: Laura
Zone: 2b
Date: 23-Apr-01 09:19 PM EST

I have had wild cucumber vine for 2 years and now I can't get rid of it. My neighbour has been putting it on the fence between our yards and it comes up everywhere. I found the 2nd year it didn't have as nice a perfume as the first. I just planted morning glory seeds to grow up my telephone pole, can't wait til they start up it.


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: Linda
Zone: 5b
Date: 26-Apr-01 08:05 AM EST

Here in good ole N.S., the local light and power company will not allow you to put nails, plants or anything on the poles as they are classed as a danger to the servicemen who climb them, best to check in your area, before you put all the time and effort into planting. Sounds beautiful though, as I too have a telephone pole on my property. Lucky !!!


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: Betty
Zone: 5a
Date: 26-Apr-01 09:02 AM EST

Linda, I live in Nova Scotia and was not aware of that. In my area, the NS Light & Power line man apologies if he has to disturb the plants at the base! It may depend on just what is attached to the pole as I know several people that have hops or honeysuckle growing up the pole without additional support of wire or nails and they have never been told to remove them.


Subject: RE: Telephone Pole Camouflage
From: Linda
Zone: 5b
Date: 01-May-01 11:01 PM EST

Dear Betty, This is info that I received from workers at NSL&P some years back, and they were very defensive about it. You aren't so much as even supposed to put up fliers on them because of the staples,or whatever. Maybe these rules have changed....but I would check with them first. :)


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