Sunday, July 29, 2012

IT'S BAAAACK

Remember when I blogged about THIS VINE and how it was threatening to take over the farmhouse, just like on "Life After People"?


Well here it is this week!  It's back and more aggressive than ever!  Just a week ago, I cut it down to the ground.  Now granted, I didn't pull it up at the time because it's wrapped up into the flower bed but still, look how fast it's growing!  


Oh sure, there are nice flowers on it, and if it were growing anywhere else on the property, I'd think it was pretty and I'd let it grow.  But this thing is taking over the porch so it has to go.  I still find it amazing how fast these things grow.

Overall, it was a good weekend.  On Saturday, we had the car window replaced, I'll spare you the gory details but suffice to say it was a several hundred dollar lesson learned in parking away from where I am mowing.  Then we ran some other errands related to the farm, shopping for little things here and there, found some cool things, and took them out there today.  I didn't get any yard work done though as mowing wasn't really necessary this week.  I probably could have if I had chosen to, but it wasn't that tall and another week won't be too bad...but that Jack and Beanstalk vine is another story!

Hope you all had a great weekend.  

19 comments:

Annnightflyer said...

Have you thought of putting a trellis right in the front for it?Just a thought.

SkippyMom said...

You better hope that vine doesn't inspired your "lawn", otherwise. . .heehee

And Annnightflyer has a pretty great idea. I think a trellis would look pretty. The problem would be KEEPING it on the trellis. :D

Enjoy your week.

Anonymous said...

I think it's bindweed. Very aggressive weed that will wrap around other plants and kill them while its trying to take over the world. No clue how yo get rid of it.

Ruth said...

Yep a trellis is your best bet... I have one of these in my east flower bed and I dumped some really toxic chemicals (From our farming operation) directly on it in early spring. It didnt even phase it! So I put an old wrought iron fence out there and let it grow on that.... everyone thinks it is supposed to be there! and well... maybe it is!

GrafixMuse said...

It looks like purple bindweed. It is rather pretty. Too bad it is so aggressive and wants to take over the world. I had some white bindweed show up in my raspberries this year. It seemed to appear out of no where and has itself wrapped around most of the raspberry canes. The canes have thorns so it isn't easy to rescue them. I'll have to cut them back in the fall and watch the area closer next year.

Linda said...

A trellis is a great idea! I mean that plant REALLY wants to grow there, LOL! But if you are bent on NOT having it, cut it down and immediately spray Round-up in the open 'wound'. That should take care of it for good.

Bernadine said...

Vinegar is a powerful weed killer. Be careful not to get it on the grass. That should remove it forever. I have even used balsamic vinegar on stubborn weeds when I'm in a pinch and out of white vinegar. I cut the bulk of the weed down, then use a brush to put it on the remaining stem. (I don't use products like Round Up due to the poor farming practices of Monsanto.) See if vinegar solves your weed problem.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

It looks like a Morning Glory vine, do the flowers bloom for only one day, and then are gone ?
And to think, I plant those seeds every year on purpose :)
~Jo

1st Man said...

Actually thought about that. It's currently growing in an inconvenient spot for that (isn't it always, ha) but I'm afraid it's so invasive, I might have to just go for the annual seeds and 86 this vine.

1st Man said...

Oh, if they "talk", I"m going to be in serious trouble, LOL! Yeah, I'd love a trellis but I think you're right the trouble would be keeping it there. This is apparently a very invasive plant, not your "normal" morning glory.

1st Man said...

I looked up bindweed and yes, that looks like it. I'll keep you posted on the extermination efforts, ha.

1st Man said...

I wish it was in a place I could let it grow and be pretty but it's growing under the porch and over the stairs and up the railing. We still have to paint the railing and decorate the porch and I can't do that with the vines, ha. I know if I tried to move it on purpose to somewhere else, it would never work, lol.

1st Man said...

Exactly! It did just appear from nowhere and it indeed "has it in" for the porch. If you win, let me know, ha.

1st Man said...

Yes it REALLY does like it there. I wish we could get along, ha. I'll see if I can find the main vine and figure it out.

1st Man said...

I didn't know vinegar could kill weeds like that. I'll have to try that. We have some balsamic but I think it's the $$$ kind, ha. I better not try that, or 2nd Man might kill me, haha.

1st Man said...

You are right too. The flowers do stay around, but I did some googling and bindweed is a perennial that is actually related to Morning Glory. I think you do plant them on purpose and I will too someday, this just sort of pops up as in invasive weed, ha. When you want it it's hard to grow. When you don't want it, it's everywhere. Isn't that the way it always goes? HA! :-)

Linda said...

Vinegar?! I had no idea!!! I hate using roundup too but didn't know about vinegar! Thanks Bernadine!

Gammy Tammy said...

Hi Two Men! I somehow landed on your site, and noticing that we have a lot of interests in common, I read one post after another for a couple of hours now, so I decided to join. Your site should come with a *WARNING* "Prepare to be entertained for hours!!!" ... and I have. (big smile)

I also have this plant that I call "wild morning glory" growing in front of my house, but I love mine and will allow it go grow, besides, it's considered a medicinal plant that supports the gall bladder and liver and is also used as a natural laxative. (smile) I'm keeping mine simply because I love morning glories.

PS Can't wait to try the Farmhouse Sausage and Potatoes Recipe! It looks sooo good!

Your new admirer,
Gammy

1st Man said...

Well where do I start? Thank you so much for SUCH kind words. It still amazes me that people find their way here and seem to enjoy what they read, ha.

I would SO love to let it grow if it was somewhere else. I'm going to try to see if I can cultivate it next summer and make it grow where I want it.

Hope you enjoy the recipe. You are just too kind again. Thank you so much.

Hugs from Texas!