Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Good fences do make good neighbors. Good fences also make good plant barriers.
In this wisteria’s case, I doubt anyone can be held accountable for planting this mighty vine. I think the birds accomplished that for us.
My job is to keep it out of the smoke tree ‘Grace,’ full-time employment all summer.
Strategically seeded in a corner where four gardens intersect, the location of its main trunk a perpetual mystery, one neighbor keeps it out of his citrus, another from eating the shingles on his garage roof. And still another neighbor works tirelessly to keep it out of his tool shed.
I hope they’re not cursing me as they cut back its sneaky tendrils twice a week in summer. I did not unleash this vegetative behemoth.


Fences are the best defense, visually and physically, against a neighbor’s ill-chosen plants, amongst a laundry list of unsightly stuff. Including laundry.
(We do our laundry outdoors, as does our neighbor to the east. Our neighbor to the west moved his kitchen outdoors, not a satellite trophy kitchen for entertaining, but the main kitchen. The most amazing aromas of Vietnamese cuisine waft over that fence. I have no idea what the neighbors on the southern boundary are up to behind the 8-foot, creeping-fig covered wall, which is as it should be. As we clipped that fig-covered wall yesterday, the two of us attacking our side, the neighbor working on his side, a disembodied arm helpfully passed a beer over the top of the wall to speed us on our work. Good neighbor.)


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6 Responses to Something Borrowed, Something Blue

  1. The main kitchen…outside!? That’s California living for sure.

  2. Les says:

    Oh my, that is a good neighbor. The color on the Echium in your GBBD post is unreal.

  3. I want your neighbor! But not your wisteria.

  4. Denise says:

    Yep, the main kitchen. And, boy, can they cook.
    Les, that echium’s color is unreal. Can’t wait til it bulks up.
    Jane, wasn’t that nice of him? That wisteria is seriously out of control.

  5. What kind of golden Sedum do ya have there?

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Someone I once knew had an old tetherball pole in her back yard. When her children outgrew tetherball, she planted a wisteria and proceeded to train it around the pole. It ended up becoming a most impressive tree — beautiful flowers and interesting trunk. So pretty! It seems like a good idea until I remember my mother planting a wisteria at our cabin, using the chimney as a support. The wisteria took out the chimney AND the roof. Bye-bye cabin! My mother never liked that cabin anyway. I wonder how wisteria would do using those structures that the Getty uses for its bougainvillea trees?

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