What Grows Over your Garden Fence?

Ivy over fence

I am in the process of cutting back foliage.  It’s a routine task in my garden.  On one side of me my neighbours grow ivy up their fence.  The property is rented so the garden isn’t really maintained.  I’ve learnt my lesson.  You need to get to grips with ivy early on as it is a time consuming task with the secateurs cutting into those woody stems.  My plan now is to grow a clematis and rose on my side of the fence so I will have to be even more vigilant if they are to stand a chance in their early years.

virginia creeper over fence


My other neighbours grow a Virginia Creeper up their fence.  This is easier to cut back than the ivy, but an even more prolific grower and we will have to protect our roof.  Our neighbours don’t seem to mind it growing on their roof tiles – which I find strange as the guy is a surveyor.  I do tend to leave some growth in the late summer so I can benefit from the wonderful autumn colours of the creeper.

We are also under attack from under the fence, by that most devilish weed of all – bindweed.  This means that I have bindweed in the vegetable plot and more particularly with the few strawberries that I am growing  The bindweed is coming from land at the back of the which is owned by the army, again which isn’t maintained to a very high standard, so I can’t do anything about it.

 pink perpetue rose

pink perpetue rose

I guess controlling what comes into your garden is just part of being a gardener.  It got me thinking about what goes out from my garden.  My ivy neighbours have my pink perpetue rose overflowing into their garden.  I hope it gives them as much enjoyment as it gives me, but perhaps not!

In my front garden I have a large Euphorbia which I keep meaning to dig out.  This grows more in my Virginia Creeper neighbour’s than mine.  So perhaps when I finished my cutting back the next task should be that Euphorbia.

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9 Responses to What Grows Over your Garden Fence?

  1. Mammasaurus June 20, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Argh that must be so frustrating for you to have to keep that ivy, creeper and bindweed at bay.
    I too have learnt my lesson with ivy over the years, easy to keep it regularly pruned back but a real pain if it’s left to grow and grow. I think the worst thins I ever had to remove was some rampant bamboo – the devil it was!

    We have bindweed in our small border at the front of the house – it’s really good (and annoying) at wrapping round everything isn’t it?

    I do love your roses – so many of them – glorious!

    thanks ever so much for joining in and sharing x

    • Lynda June 20, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

      I think you are right bamboo is the worst of the lot. Thanks for your comments about the roses – everyone’s seem to be looking great this year.

  2. Claudia June 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    an overgrown garden is so frustrating i can’t imagine how much more when it is not even your own. your roses on the other hand could creep all they want. they are lovely

    • Lynda June 20, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

      One of the hazards of surburban life. Many thanks for your comments

  3. Multi Layer Mummy June 21, 2013 at 1:04 am #

    beautiful roses, we have the ivy creeping over from next door too!

  4. Shell Louise June 21, 2013 at 7:52 am #

    We have ivy that was here when we moved in and earlier this year we had to have some guys come and get it off the house. It had gone up to the roof and was pulling the guttering off.
    It’s a nightmare but I do love the privacy it gives now it’s covered the whole fence.
    The pink roses are gorgeous :)

  5. Jenny @justphotosbyme June 21, 2013 at 9:39 pm #

    Bindweed. We just cannot get ours under control and it comes from next door, along with ground elder… Our roses overflow into next door’s garden – they definitely appreciate them and now they’ve cut their 12′ privet down hopefully they’ll grow something to come into ours!

  6. Helvetia Handmade June 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Bindweed is such a menace. I would live to have your roses overflowing into my garden!

    • Helvetia Handmade June 22, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

      love to have I mean!