Gardening Lesson Learned

When the man at the garden center says, "Ma'am, you don't want to plant wisteria and trumpet vine on every post" ... Believe him!!




This post could also be called "How We Spent Last Saturday" - hours worth of tearing vines out and digging them up. Do you know what happens when the vines grow too much? Stops up the gutters, causes the grass not to grow, erosion, ugly, ugly. New grass coming soon. :)

32 comments

Kathleen Grace said...

Did you have to tear them all out? What a shame they were a problem when they are so pretty!

Amelia said...

Oh what work...I went thru that same type of work years ago with honeysuckle...pretty, smelled great...but oh the mess it caused.

Rachael said...

It sure looked pretty...but I can see how it could be a nuisance!

Southern Lady said...

I love vines and can relate, Stacey. My Confederate Jasmine vine is taking over our front doors and that is my project for this morning. As soon as it gets daylight, I'm giving it a good trimming!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

That is a tough job. I love the look of a vine growing up a trellis or on an arbor but you can't let it get away from you or out of your sight for one minute!

bj said...

OMGoodness, Stacey...this IS a lot of work. I've heard they can be lots of trouble and I guess I heard right.

Dawn said...

That's too bad. Maybe you could put some in a corner of the yard where they can't do so much damage.
Dawn

Marilyn said...

Oh yeah. Been there. Those shoots pop up all over the yard. Good luck.

Happy@Home said...

Oh my, that is a big job. I have heard that wisteria vines can get out of hand, but they sure are pretty.

Shelia said...

Oh, Stacey! The prettiness had to come down! What a shame!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

southerninspiration said...

ugh, yes, I 've had to deal with trumpet vine before and it's a monster. We have it way up in the pecan trees and it sends sprouts EVERYWHERE.....I call it resurrection vine because it will never die!!!! I bet you're glad that job is done!

Suzanne

Cathy said...

Oh no...I am so sorry!!! Your vines were so gorgeous!!! I hate it when that happens!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Cathy said...

Oh no...I am so sorry!!! Your vines were so gorgeous!!! I hate it when that happens!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Domestic Designer said...

Oh my! Sounds like a lot of hard work.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I've heard that trumpet vines are very invasive! What an awful lot of work...y'all poor things!!!

I love taco soup too! I like to make it in the crockpot. Your version sounds tasty....love the addition of the hominy!

Simply Dandy said...

That is a ton of work for you guys!! But yes I know they can really cause problems, like tree roots, that's what we deal with living in a very old neighborhood.

LeAnn:)

Lisa said...

Bless your darlin' heart! I know first hand how invasive wisteria can be.

Darlene said...

Oh no....looks like quite a big chore. Not to be a negative Nelly but I heard those trumpet vines are quite hard to get killed out. Hopefully it won't be for you and you can get them gone!

Yesterday we managed to stay dry but mostly overcast, the sun just peeked out for a couple of hours. Today in our area, we have 100% chance of rain and it has been lightly raining all morning.

Rebecca said...

OHMYGOSH...now I know!

xoRebecca

April said...

We had some wisteria when we lived in Alabama...and it completely took over just about everything!

Melissa Miller said...

Oops! I didn't know that about Wisteria Stacey. I hope it gets fixed soon.

Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement.
You are so right about walking.
I have NO excuses and will be heading out shortly and hopefully every day for the rest of my life. It's been a truly scary week.

Talk to you soon. ~Melissa :)

Tootsie said...

oh no! I guess that is a lesson learned!

Amy said...

Oh my...thanks for the heads up. I always wanted to plant that near my porch posts. I'll rethink.

Slyde said...

oh my god, i cant stand dealing with vines either.

they look so nice, but are SUCH a pain!

Tracy said...

Wisteria is so pretty, but it will take over the world. My poor dad had been clearing it out on the family farm (old home site) for about 14 years. He cringes just hearing the name! LOL
Tracy

Brenda said...

And here I am in the garden center looking for perennial vines to grow up my pergola when it's finally finished!
Brenda

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Oooops, we have had this problem also. We have to get on vines right away here in central Florida. They just 'take over!'

Barb :-)

Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

Oh I have one Wisteria bush that is one third across my twenty-eight foot long pergola... in three years. It was 1 foot tall three years ago.

I think I might have trouble... in a couple of years.

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Jeannette said...

Hi Stacey! After letting some simple ivy grow on my brick chimney once and then trying to pull it off and seeing what that little plant did I can imagine about the wisteria!!!! I cringe when I look at my neighbors brick home with ivy starting to cover the side!!! Although pretty the damage isn't worth it!!! Looks much lighter and airier without! Lots of work though and I'll bet someone is very very tired!!!lol Hope this weekend you can relax! Sincerely, Jeannette

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Girl, don't I know it! We have trumpet vine growing halfway into our huge backyard. Especially after all of this rain. That's "how we'll spend next Saturday!" At least we're not alone, haha!! Wish we were close enough to help each other in the yard!

maria said...

I also got rid of my wisteria plant this spring.

What a mess it created, it tangled up with the cedar trees next to it.

Beautiful to look at when blooming though.
Maria