15 out of 16 plants are alive and doing well (one willamette never surfaced) Some of the plants are close to 24" tall.
I've had a hard time getting the equipment up to the house to put the 20' poles in the ground, so for the sake of this year, and in the name of root growth I came up with a temporary solution. I've strung aircraft cable from a tree in the middle of the back yard to a tree at the edge of the yard. it's about 80', so I expect some pretty significant saggage, however it should be enough to promote root growth and I can rearrange things once the poles are set.
The two trees I strung the cable from lined up perfectly over the centennials, which means they are running straight up and down to the cable. The Wills are planted ~10' to the south of the cents so they will have to climb at about a 30 degree angle.
I took a few horrible pictures, (I just ordered a canon 20d but it won't be here till tomorrow, so this is the wifes point and shoot).....
Here are the Centennials before I strung the Wills over to the cable.
Here is a 24" centennials (looks smaller in the picture because you can't see the 8"'s the plant is reaching to get to the twine. The Single Wide IPA in the picture can be used for size perspective, however I was using it for thirst reduction.