Thursday, August 02, 2007

The Swamp Takeover



This is New Orleans. This is a swampy place. This is a place that, it could be argued , they should have thought twice about creating in this location. Not because of sea levels of the above and below variety, not because of the odd hurricane that whips through from time to time but just because the swamp will never agree to lie down and die.

Everything grows and grows and grows here, whether you want it to or not. The vegetation is one step beyond "luscious" to ferocious! The sidewalks are forever being reshaped into mountainous terrain by the large Oaks. The pavement sprouts weeds from concrete. The road develops more and more potholes and sinkholes overnight as the swamp continues its insurgency against us humans trying to live in its domain.

The pinnacle of this enterprise I found was when we lifted the blind in the back room of our half double shotgun (its OK we rent it!) and found that now the swamp and its vegetation are on the offensive and are determined to devour us in our sleep. I think we are at serious risk of having our own private little shop of horrors!!


4 comments:

Charlotte said...

Ha! You should see my backyard!

The Good Woman said...

But it is quite pretty... How about giving it a gentle trim and creating a bonsai window dressing?

Leigh C. said...

Ahh, that good ol' garden archenemy, cat's claw. Pull it out by the roots, before it's too late!!! Seroiusly.

Cursed Tea said...

apparently my landlady is quite used to this beast and it happens every year - if it were my place I'd pull the thing off the house and definitely zap the roots into oblivion - but its not my house....
so we get indoor gardening as a new hobby!!