Help! The trumpeter vine is taking over my house!

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Comment by mombat on July 9, 2008 at 8:02pm
I love trumpet vine, i am encouraging it to cover our back fence. Nice color on the eaves.
Comment by Barelas Babe on July 9, 2008 at 8:21pm
This is Hummingbird Hangout in Barelas - 'specially afternoons when the monsoon rain and winds start up. I once counted an even dozen on my front porch.
Comment by JMG on July 9, 2008 at 10:40pm
Gorgeous photo! I love that traditional wood shingle front. How old is that house?
Comment by Barelas Babe on July 10, 2008 at 8:59am
As near as I can tell from research at UNM's Center for Southwest Research, our house is about 110 years old. possibly older. Like many of the homes in Barelas near the railroad, it was built soon after the railroad came to town in 1880.

(And there's yet another blog topic waiting to be written...)
Comment by Barelas Babe on July 10, 2008 at 1:48pm
Thanks for the advice re: vines. I didn't realize that mold could be a problem in dessicated NM, so I really appreciate the advice! (I was aware that it might get into the cracks tho...)

We'll be painting in the fall so it'll all come off - for now the hummingbirds get to feast away!
Comment by Izquierdo on July 10, 2008 at 4:06pm
If your trumpet vine is like mine, you can cut it back every winter, and get fresh growth of 10-12 feet in the summer.
Comment by Barelas Babe on July 10, 2008 at 4:20pm
We cut it down to porch roof level last fall - this is what it's done since then! (Hence the kudzu moniker...)
Comment by Izquierdo on July 11, 2008 at 6:08pm
Kud-zam! Looks like you got your 12 feet by the fourth of July. I appreciate the backlit photo, with all the flowers exposed to the sun and just enough sunlit greenery to make it look as appealing as it is. How about another photo, side by side with this one, on Labor Day?

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