April 2, 2020

Clothespins: Not Just for Clothes

Clothespins prop up a trellis

Janine Pineo Photo | Clothespins prop up a trellis that otherwise would lean against the shingles.

Sometimes a simple solution is as elusive as a scent on the breeze.

But when you find one, you want to share it, even if it is a bit silly.

I love vining plants. I like the look of vining plants against walls. I especially like the look of them against weathered shingles.

But finding a trellis that would look good and stand upright without leaning on cedar shingles has been hard to do. I don’t want the plants to cause issues by touching the shingles all the time, so I needed something that could stand on its own.

Or I needed an idea.

I could pound in a few stakes, but then that wiry trellis loses its airy look. I could try to put a rock or brick behind the wires that go into the ground, but what’s to say it wouldn’t just tip forward and break all the plants in two.

I needed something small, like a little block of wood that would brace the trellis against the wall but small. And how to attach it?

It took me a minute to think what that would look like.

Clothespins, I thought. So clothespins it was.

They are working great and should be completely invisible once the morning glories fill out in the next couple of weeks.

As you can see, all I did was pin them and brace them. Took about 10 seconds to do. No pounding, no rock carrying. Silly and simple.


– Janine Pineo