New Arch Vs. Old Arch

Already much cut back in order to get the rose off that arch:
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The old arch was falling over from the weight of 'Secret Garden Musk Climber'.  A larger, stronger arch was in order.
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The quite modern minimalist style doesn't match the McMediterranean house. (Add a circle in that empty triangle and I think I'd have iconic Michael Graves circa 1980.)   Since the arch will be hopefully soon engulfed by a rose, that's fine. 

Circle here:
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I'm happy with the more imposing size.   Since the tall trees are all the neighbor's, height is somewhat lacking on my side of the fence.  A tall structure is pleasing.  The area is fairly large so a large arch is needed. 
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A rose covered arch will create a dark hallway of sorts.  Perfect for frightening small children.   Now, now, hold on--I am not being mean.  I think every garden should have a slightly scary spot, making a small child pause or avoid the area.  Then one day the child ventures in, and discovers there was nothing to be afraid of after all.  A good metaphorical lesson, without any real danger--see?

I need to add some kind of focal object down at the end of the "hall" to draw the visitor down the stairs.  Next project. 

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Getting the rose off the old arch and on to the new one is going to be arduous.  I knew enough not to weave the rose canes in and out of the structure; they are all just laid on top and tied.  I'm still going to be doing some pulling and more hacking, though.  If I had gone for a big strong arch in the first place...but gardening is learning.  Remember that.  If it's perfect the first time, it's because it was unplanned. (At least in this garden!)

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  1. I like the new arch. The roses were wrestling the old arch down. It was no match. It had to be retired.

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