Yet again, I'm mimicking my friend Paige. This time I'm using her idea for providing string for pole beans to climb up (in lieu of buying a trellis). She tied a little rock to the bottom of each string so it stayed taut enough for the vines to cling to. I just drove a long nail into the sides of each fence picket near the top and hung a rock-anchored string on each nail. It's working like a charm, though I know my fence pickets are way too short and the beans are going to go hog wild soon.
This little vine was purchased from Plant Delights in North Carolina via mail order. It is is a Clematis cirrhosa, I think. Evergreen, with small white flowers. Supposedly hardy through zone 8, we will see if it can survive the Texas heat.
This guitar-shaped birdhouse that Autumn and I painted for the garden still has no inhabitants, though I did spy a few birds eating insects in the garden this morning, as well as a lizard on our kitchen window. My goal is to attract birds, lizards and beneficial insects to the garden. A lively garden is a happy garden!