Pesky Weed

Gmail has been having fun with my inbox recently.  There have been days when very few emails have come through and then others when they just keep arriving.  So I have been catching up on my blog/post reading today.  By the way, if I don’t seem to have commented on your posts for a while, please check your SPAM folder.  No SPAMOne of the blogs I follow is Crowing Crone Joss and when I read this post from her today about the Borg Vine, I immediately thought of my pesky weed, the ivy.

Somebody, in their wisdom planted ivy around this house many years ago and it has now reached epic proportions.  It climbs up the side of the house and threatens to enter the bathroom and study widows.

Ivy at bathroom window

Ivy encroaching over bathroom window

Ivy at study window

Ivy at study window

At the rear of the property is a high bank.  A flight of brick steps gives access to a sitting area and here the ivy is rampant!

Ivy at sitting area

Ivy at sitting area

Some months ago I  had a contractor come to kill the ivy but to no avail.  I think he liked the ivy and wasn’t sufficiently ruthless.  So now we are taking really drastic measures.


More ivy

As you will see the “branches” of the weed are really quite thick, so we will cut as much of it back and then douse the cut ends of the branches with undiluted woody weed killer.  As soon as we have a forecast for a couple of dry days this will be done.  And then once again we will be in control.

But while writing this blog I have thought about how tenacious this ivy is.  In the face of several  many onslaughts (and those that I have mounted cannot possibly be the only ones over all the years since it was first planted) it has survived.  I then thought about the tenacious people I have met over many years.  They are like this ivy.  They are determined to hang on and thrive and they do.  I have met many people like this in real life, and many more in the blogosphere.  A few days ago I wrote about being in awe of the things that many people have suffered and overcome.  Some people have had ghastly childhoods; some were unwanted by their mother’s second husband and treated very badly; others have lived with alcoholic and violent fathers or mothers, and some have become involved with the wrong people,  but what they have in common is they are survivors.  In my years practising as a Life Coach I met many people whose problem boiled down to lack of self-esteem and often they had often been brought to this state by the way they had been treated.  With time and tenacity on their part, most were able to rediscover their self-esteem, and some keep in touch so that I know how well they are surviving and succeeding.

“Even in its darkest passages, the heart is unconquerable.
It is important that the body survives,
but it is more meaningful that the human spirit prevails.”
Dave Pelzer,  1960 – author of A Child Called “It”

So again to all those who have survived and moved on in their lives I say congratulations and well done and whatever happiness and success you now enjoy you most certainly have deserved it.

But unfortunately for my ivy, it will not succeed. I shall be keeping a close watch on the weather forecast and as soon as two dry days are forecast there shall be War on the Weed!!

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24 responses to “Pesky Weed

  1. Good luck Judith. Up here we are dealing with bamboo!

  2. Those invasive things are the dickens to get rid of. I planted periwinkle in one of my gardens thinking it would be pretty. I have been ripping it out all summer and it continues to come back with a vengeance. Now, a new climbing weed/vine has found its way in…ugh!

    • When one sees pictures of grand manor houses with ivy climbing up the walls it looks so good. But on the walls of this house – ugh too!

  3. Good analogy. Good luck with the ivy!

  4. Marianne London UK

    The worse strain of Ivy is Russian Ivy there is no way you can get rid of it. It grows all over. The experts have to come in to try to remove it. Your house looks like the “TRIFFIDS” have invaded. XX

    • Hello small sister. The contractor said it was Italian Ivy I think. So I have my fingers and toes crossed that my plan of attack will work. And check out your emails please.

  5. I always think people don’t know how determined they can be until they need to. We often surprise ourselves in a crisis

    • Oh I agree I just think it is so unfair how some people have so much to overcome! Thanks for the comment and glad to have you back in the blogosphere Peter.

  6. The human spirit/tenacious ivy analogy is wonderful Judith. Here we have imported plants that were brought to the U.S. for various noble reasons but which have become invasive and overwhelming. Kudzoo devours everything in its path including trees and cement walls. Autumn olive takes over everything too. Human ingenuity is sometimes overwhelmingly ridiculous.

    • We have the dreaded gorse brought by the Scots many years ago. It is taking over the bush from the native plants and trees and doesn’t appear to be stoppable.
      But I will stop this ivy!

  7. That is some tenacious ivy, threatening to take over the house! I’m sure it has met its match in you. 🙂

  8. oh, I thought that as I approached the end of your post, after your analogy to the resilient/tenacious people …that you were going to give in and shift to admiration of that ivy….but, ah ha!…the ivy goes! We have had battles with ivy too…and are mostly victorious, but it has taken lots of persistence…. tenacity will be needed on your part!

  9. I wonder why it is that the plants we want to keep die so easily, but the ones we try to kill just won’t give up? Good luck with your plan to remove the ivy 🙂

    • The pathways of my life are littered with the plants I bought and planted and nurtured only to have them wither and die. Wish it were the ivy that died – ah well – I’m ready for action as soon as it stops raining.

  10. Ivy drives me mad here too Judith. I hope your plan of attack is successful. You may need many sorties into the fray.

  11. this is me, admitting, that I have planted ivy at the front of the house. If years from now, the current owners are cursing, please don’t tell them it was me!!

  12. Oh dear, I have to admit to planting ivy too, I have one corner of my garden which is almost always in the shade and nothing else seems to grow there. The varigated ivy is a nice way to soften the wooden corner … but every year or so I hack it back pretty much nothing and then let it grow again. 🙂

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