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August 12th, 2010

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03:21 am - Gardening Annoyances
We planted a grapevine in late April. It won't bear grapes until next year, but it was growing well on the chain link fence between our yard and the house next door (which is a separate house that's not part of our HOA). That house was renovated a year ago and has been for sale for a year, at a ludicrously high price. A few months before we put in the grape vine we asked the owners' permission about the vine growing on their fence. Then, yesterday, with no warning, I wake up to find the fence gone and the grape vine on the ground. Late that day, the people had put up a new, higher wooden fence that is both not all that suitable for the grape vine to grow in, but which shapes half of our garden space remarkably well. Since grapevines only thrive in full sun, we'll likely need to try to move it into the area that still has sun, and then put up a trellis for it, if it survives. They also managed to rip off one of the vine's three branches when they took it down. I am far from happy about this, but sadly it was their fence and so there's nothing we can do.

I'm guessing that they're hoping a fancier fence will better entice buyers, but I'm betting that the fact that the price is really high and for some unknown reason they painted that house charcoal gray may have more to do with why it hasn't sold. Ugh.
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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Date:August 12th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
WTF. :-( I'm really sorry to hear that.

Well, at least it sounds like they were trying not to destroy it completely - and the one in the old place did survive being completely hacked up. I hope this vine is as tenacious.
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Date:August 12th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, grapevines are tough to kill. Still, the least they could have done was let you know they were going to remove the fence.
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Date:August 13th, 2010 08:39 pm (UTC)
Is the vine long enough that you could trellis it in place above (or at) the height of the fence? If it is, that would save the vine from needing to be moved and save you from losing some of your gardening space (since the grapes will shade wherever they are, if they are somewhere where the ground would be shaded anyway, you don't lose any ground).

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