Hog Panel Arbor ...Bittersweet has grown!

jeannespinesJuly 20, 2010

Remember this Hog Panel Arbor that DH & I did last summer in May (full link posted at bottom):

Well, this year the Bittersweet really took off...took this pic today:

Here's backside view today...the little lizard guy (on ther rocks at the bottom of pic) I added last yr in Aug...took him in for the winter...but he's soaking up the sunshine this summer again:

Here's a close-up from the arbor front side:

I bought him at a flea market last yr ...great garden art!

Especially those eyes, uh?

More info on arbor is in the link below...now I hope the Bittersweet BLOOMS so I'll have some for Fall decor! Thanks for lookin'! Jeanne S.

Here is a link that might be useful: Bitterweet Hog Panel Arbor May 09

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It's filled in beautifully! Only thing better would be the blooms, that's for sure! Lizard is so cute! Jan

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 12:49AM
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nanagrandma(9 SouthWest, Calif)

Greenery everywhere, don't you just love it when your arbors just fill up and make it worthwhile making them!
I think those Bittersweet just got sweeter!


    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 4:53AM
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Jeanne! I just LOVE your hogpanel arbor! It's so lush with all the vines growing! Cannot wait to see flowers on it! Yeah so you jogged my memory of WHO it was that used teh hogpanel. I went and prices that and was surprised at how relatively inexpensive it is. You just need a big enough vehicle to haul it home! :-) I tuck in all the ideas in the back of my head for future reference! Thanks for sharing.
Love, Jules

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 9:55AM
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Ok, Jeanne, I'm sorry but "hog panel arbor" is just not cutting it with me. Something so beautiful deserves a prettier name. I'm going with "bittersweet arbor", it's only right since you see more bittersweet than hog panels at this point. Too, cool.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 10:39AM
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bverste(zone 5)

Love the hog panel arbor, the bitter sweet should really bloom well and smells so good

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 10:41AM
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katie_in(zone 5b IN)

we use that all the time (live on a farm :0) but how did you get it to stay so the wind or the height doesn't fall over? That stuff is so flimsy.

Your turned out beatiful and would have never thought of that. Wow hope they all bloom

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 10:43AM
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Are your plants male and female? You must have both to get blooms. I had both and had lots of bittersweet till one plant died and now no blooms. I'm not sure but I think the surviving one must be female since it has very small berries in the spring but they all fall off. The plant is very large now so I know we would have lots of bittersweet if there were both kinds of plants.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 1:53PM
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Marlene Kindred

I agree with Frou Jeanne....hogpanel just doesn't do your arbor justice! It really filled out this year for sure! Hope it will bloom up a storm for you!

Mr. Lizard looks quite happy there amongst the leaves!

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 2:16PM
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Very pretty - I too would be interested in seeing pics of the blooms if you get any. I don't think I know what it looks like blooming.


    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 7:56PM
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Thanks, GJers! ...

Instructions are on "link that might be useful" where I posted pics above...used metal fence posts.

And, OK, I'm not partial to "hog arbor" either..."Bittersweet Arbor" does have ring to it! LOL!

Yup, the plants are male & female...that info is in my "link" above also. I've never grown this before so am hoping for some blooms this yr...will post a pic when it does. (& thanks for the info about 1 plant dying & no blooms then).

And yes, love seeing arbors with vines & flowers! Beautiful! So I will add a couple more pics of my "door arbor" also taken on Sun...with the beautiful flowers (& the green stained glass butterfly from Purplemoon)...thanks for your comments!

Left-to-right: Knock-out Rose, hanging Mandevilla Vine, White Cleome, Hydrangea, & Red Bee Balm (which got cut off in pic):

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 10:57PM
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bverste(zone 5)

I have one door, now I have to start watching for another one or maybe two or more, since I also want to use one in a potting bench and maybe another for just leaning against a tree with some painting

    Bookmark   July 20, 2010 at 11:26PM
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I just love the old door arbor what a fantastic idea! Did you anchor it down into the ground in any way?

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 1:57PM
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cnm1(6 Oh)

I love both these arbors. I would love to try the hog panel one but I am limited to things that I can fit in my Honda Fit :).
I have been scouting Habitat for the right doors. There were 2 matching ones for 5 each. I hesitated and they were gone!!!
Great work!!

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 9:15PM
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Here's some 'anchoring' info, truli ... & also the link attached shows the process of doing the Door arbor...you can see the anchor (kind of) in the 2nd pic down when you click on the link.

DH attached some metal strips to back edge and we pounded them in the ground...still quite "unsturdy" because sitting on concrete rectangular pcs...so he also anchored it in the front...not cemented in yet...if it doesn't seem like this is holding good enough, we will dig & cement metal in the ground.

& good luck door hunting cmn1! Jeanne S.

Here is a link that might be useful: Door Arbor Complete (jeannespines)

    Bookmark   April 17, 2012 at 11:08PM
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Jeanne, how sturdy is that hog panel?? I see it is braced at the bottom, but would it support a climbing rose?? I have a Don Juan that needs a new support and if this would hold up I might get DH to get one for me. I asked for an arbor for my birthday coming up but they are so expensive.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 11:02AM
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Hog panel itself is very sturdy...they were made for fencing/keeping in hogs! We used short steel fence posts for bracing into ground...so I would think it would do great as a support for a rose...my Bittersweet climbs all over it now! Good luck, ritaweeda! Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 11:50AM
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marquest(z5 PA)

jeannespines, Great Arbors. Thank you for giving me some great idea borrowing ideas.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2012 at 3:03PM
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And, best of all...I got my first 'crop' of Bittersweet last Fall from that 'Hog Panel'...so now I know I'll be getting even more! It's growing good this Spring! ;-) Jeanne S.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 7:53PM
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carol_the_dabbler(Z5/6 Indiana)

Jeanne -- Thanks for posting this!!! I thought of the same idea, but couldn't figure how to bend the panel (they seem so rigid). I'm glad to see it really can be done.

I've read your other posts, though, and haven't seen any how-to on the actual bending. I'm a real newbie with this sort of thing, so whatever tips, advice, etc. you can offer will be greatly appreciated!

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 2:07AM
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We made hog panel arbors, but we cemented 4 4x4s, then bent the panel. On each side we built planting beds with landscape timbers. We also predrilled the landscape timbers and drove large metal spiles through them so nothing could move. Both arbors have endured hurricanes Rita and Ike. We also built gates to mount on the 4x4s.

    Bookmark   October 1, 2014 at 2:12PM
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lalapad, looks great! Hope Jeanne is doing OK, had been sick for some time. But seemed to be better. She is on Holiday forum some. Jan

    Bookmark   October 3, 2014 at 12:07AM
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