Arborsculpture, braiding, espalier
I've finally managed to dig up a sprouted pecan that isn't going to die. (They only sprout where ya don't want them it seems!) I want to use wire to hold it in an interesting shape, maybe a corkscrew. If I could ever get 4 at the same time, I would grow a tree chair. The instructions are for 10 trees, but I can see it in my mind's eye with 4. Pecan trees can self-graft where they touch, and certainly strong enough to do with 4. Anyone doing anything like this?
There was a little maple tree in my Mom's yard that I kept braiding and securing with a bread bag twist and she insists it was the wind that kept undoing it, too big to try again now.
A ramblin red rose here when I moved in is finally espaliered well (top to bottom, and not sticking out anywhere, no pieces going anywhere else) to the CL fence next to it. Took several years of coaxing, propping, tying, accidentally breaking some branches in the wrong direction, monthly guidance of growth tips. Like I say every year, next year's gonna b awesome! That bed has been in the process of expanding this year and it's hard to keep the dog from digging holes in the beds, hence the tomato cages and disarray. There's a KO rose for more constant flowers planted in front of the rambler, which unfortunately only blooms once.
Any similar pics/tales welcome! What plants are you manipulating? What are you doing to them?