Posted: 21/05/2013 at 12:04
Caution: It could be one of the stupidest things you do if you ever think of planting Japanese Knotweed (I think it's called) as a quick way of covering some unsightly garden feature with a climber.
The previous owner had planted one against a tall, back-gate wall adjoining the house and it had grown so vigourously it was threatening the gutters and the foundations of the wall. I set to on its roots with spade,fork, trowel - anything to get below its REALLY thick roots and eventually broke an adze trying to lever it all out of the ground. That was 15 years ago an luckily its not come back (yet!). When the rear wall was replaced last year because it was unsafe, the mortar was so dry some of the brick courses just lifted off. It might have been just cheap brick laying but I doubt if it was helped by the powerful adhesive qualities of the invasive creeper that had been growing up and into every crack.
Back to the humour in many of these posts:
I have read every post on this thread and was going to stop and get some work done outside until I got to Maud and her spikes. I'm still chuckling here on the sofa with my lap top. Pure Beano and Dandy!
Any budding cartoonists out there who could start creating a Gardeners' Bloomers Annual for us. I'm sure it would sell!