in an attempt to cover up the A/C unit (the one I just finished building
a box around), my mom purchased some lattice panels which she
briefly had surrounding it. The pieces weren't big enough to do the
trick, and it didn't work visually. So she took them down and waited
for me to arrive.
She asked me to hang them on the back-yard fence to be used as a
rose trellis. The bush that would train to it was leaning heavily to the
right, growing towards the morning sun, and needed to be corralled.
Her idea for the trellis was to just provide an anchor space to attach
the rose to. She wanted them flat against the fence, but that seemed a
little too boring to me.
Step 1: Concept
like a shutter on a hinge. My only reasoning was visual: it would
provide some vertical complexity to the space, drawing the eye up
from her planting beds, and present the roses more directly to the
house and the back deck (which will be the primary viewing
angle). My mom remained insistent that they should be flat.
I tried to justify my idea with science, but it failed me. I did some
digital shadow studies to prove that the roses would grow better at
an angle, but that didn't pan out. I argued that in my design, she
could train the branches behind the panels and the buds would push through the trellis towards the sun
(creating a framed canvas), but she's the gardener and threw out that argument.
After a week of tears and tension, I got the go ahead on a revised design, and got to work on the job.