This looks like a pretty flower, doesn't it?
But take a few steps back:
This "trumpet flower" vine has climbed the chimney and started creeping under the siding.
I was working on a rental property for one of my clients when I noticed it. Here's the view around the corner:
It's creeping into the gutters!
Luckily it appears that no serious harm was done, and I was able to recommend a good landscaper to eradicate the vine. But it's a timely reminder to pay attention to climbing vines and cut them down before they can cause damage.
If you just can't resist the idea of a "vine covered cottage," keep these tips in mind:
If you love the look of a home covered in vines, but you want to do it safely, give me a call! I can build an arbor or trellis to your specifications, so you can have all of the beauty of a climbing vine with none of the trouble.