What to do about this?

texasmom83July 12, 2014

A patio will be going in here soon. What is this guy and is there anyway to save him? That rickety swing structure has to go.

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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

I see what looks like one coral flower on the left of the arbor that makes me think it might be a trumpet vine. A close up of the flower and leaves would help someone to make a positive ID. Your yard had a lot of potential. I'm glad you're interested in IDing the plants and working on the landscape ... :-)

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 1:24AM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Have you dug into the soil yet? That may answer why things were left in containers. I had a great fellow at the local nursery who identified every piece of shrub I took in. Then I was able to decide if it stayed or went. To id here a clear close-up is really needed.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 2:18AM
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bostedo(8a tx-bp-dfw)

Agree it looks like some form of trumpet vine; containers were probably intended to keep them in place. Native campsis radicans is VERY aggressive and would likely have been out the bottom of the pot and showing up elsewhere in the yard, so a good chance you probably have one of the more docile 'madame' hybrids... if it is a trumpet vine. Close up of leaves and flowers would help.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2014 at 9:52AM
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ocgf(Z8)

Ah, weird me. I like the structure. More water will help the vine to thick out and a nice bench under it would look great IMO.

Omar

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 4:23PM
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roselee z8b S.W. Texas

I like the structure too; unless it is rotted and weak and in danger of falling over. Then I'd be inclined to repair it and put paving stones under and around it, more and bigger flower pots around the posts; plus as Omar says -- place a bench beneath it.

This post was edited by roselee on Tue, Jul 15, 14 at 22:45

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 7:42PM
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texasmom83

I'm sorry I didn't get back quick. I will post a close up tomorrow. My main concern with keeping this is that it's really quite rickety up close. I can try for now but 1 big tropical storm and that thing is going to be in pieces. I have no clue why she grew things out of containers. I'm going to have the soil tested but we have roses and other established plants growing. I don't think she really had a green thumb... But neither do I. Just trying to learn. :)

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 10:13PM
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ocgf(Z8)

I think that it has aesthetic potential but if it is not sturdy, I agree on getting rid of it. Maybe you can provide another structure for the plant?. It take years to get a perennial vine to that size. You could get rid of whatever sticks out of the pot and create a base of rocks around the plant and fill out the inner area with garden soil. Just an idea...

Omar

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 10:59PM
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