Thursday, July 17, 2008

Oh What A Tangled Mess We Make

A chain link fence runs along the back of my yard and every year weeds, trees, and everything else my neighbor doesn't take care of (which is everything) pokes its way through and I'm constantly having to cut and prune these things trying to take over my flower beds. Thinking that if I planted some kind of vines on my side of the fence, I could block his stuff from coming through. So I decided on Perennial Pea. Vigorous growth with numerous flowers, I figured this was perfect. So in they went. The first year seemed fine, they made it up to the top of the fence and had flowers here and there. Second year they went crazy. Growing everywhich way, through my shrubs, around my annuals, everyplace except up the fence. I had to tie every stalk to the fence in order to get it to go up instead of out. This was begining to be a lot more work than cutting the neighbors weedy crap. I tried pulling some of it out. Didn't work. Couldn't pull them out no matter how hard I tried. Left them in. This year I just took one piece of twine about 6 feet long and attached it to the fence at two different spots stuffing all the vines together. Now it's a lot harder to cut the weeds and trees still poking through so I left them there too. It's begining to grow on me.
Flowers do look kinda cute in the vase, though.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see those along the freeway. Sometimes in the medium and then some along the sides especially if there is an incline. Do they smell nice? Middle sis

flydragon said...

That's another disappointment with these, no scent at all!!!

Anonymous said...

Looks like you discovered another flower 'good for cutting' whether you planned that or not!! They are nice in the vase. Taming the wild one:-)

SisterNan

flydragon said...

Bad for growing, but good for cutting, No scent, but no stink either. So I guess it's not a total loss. But it's close.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

I wouldn't care about the mess, I love Sweet Peas. Maybe you should mix some scented one in there. :^D Sadly, they don't like my garden. It looks better than my fence with a wild grape trying to swamp everthing.

flydragon said...

I did try scented sweet peas one year. They grew pretty good up my trellis and then formed these pods that looked just like snow peas. Fortunately I checked it out BEFORE I put them on my salad. And you're right about the wild grape. A different neighbor has that in his yard and it chokes everything in its path.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

You weren't kidding--they really are huge! They make nice work of covering the fence, though. :)

flydragon said...

They sure do. The fence, the iris, the salvia, and everything else over there.