I pulled runners along the front, I crawled underneath the branches into a tunnel that has been maintained by children over the years, to reach what I call the mother nodes. The mother nodes are the spots where the roots thicken and shoot out a zillion vines, usually what happens is I find it deep under the branches and tug with all of my weight and force until it gives and I suddenly find myself under the bush in an undignified position. I found a few, I know there are more. The vines start in one spot and then travel 15-20 feet under the leaves and azalea branches to where they appear and start to climb and strangle its host. There were vines criss-crossing the entire surface of the ground under those bushes. I started thinking about chaos theory and all its applications as doing this. I'd be on the north side of the bushes, tug on a vine and leaves on the southeast would bounce up and down with every tug. The vine would also pull up several of the other vines that were above it in the tangle, popping them off their connection with their roots, which is why I am sure I missed some of the mother nodes.
|Azaleas without honeysuckle vines. Yay!|
|A pile of honeysuckle vines|
The entire process took about three hours. I worked up a good sweat, felt the sun on my skin and now the azaleas can grow without being smothered and strangled. It will take two or three more of these sessions to really beat the honeysuckle back, each one will be slightly easier than the one before. I feel like I accomplished something! It is sad that I really love honeysuckle, but it is so invasive that to have it I would have to sacrifice everything else.
Before all the snow and cold there was one other somewhat mild day (sun was out, but it was in the thirties) when I hauled the stashed cardboard out of the garage and then made three trips to the horse farm to cover it, it needs one more manure load to be finished. It will extend my sunny front garden another 10 feet or so. By my calculations, I have about 12-16 trips to the horse farm to complete before mid-April.
|Front garden with manure and cardboard.|
|Roses will grow up this post.|
|Consort Black Currants|
|Joseph's Coat Rose|
|Kyung San Ban Si Persimmon|