It was thirty feet long, slithering along the fence. It blended in oh-so-carefully with the color of the soil. It slithered through the fence and into the neighbors. I grabbed it by the tail in a feat of sheer strength, agility, and bravery. In all there were actually three of them (all 30'+), making their way quietly along the fence with similar intention to the unstoppable snakes of the movie "Anaconda!"
|I clipped three fistfuls of the thing, curling its length into large loops.|
In its place it is a beautiful and vine. It typically mounds up on top of my fence, blocking the view from my narrow side yard to the neighbor's breakfast table, a feat a mere six foot tall fence can not accomplish. In northern Illinois it is nearly evergreen. It laid siege to my garage there and actually came inside for the winter-- dormant and having dropped its leaves outside, while indoors in an unheated garage, it was doing its best to impart a balmy, tropical jungle effect.
|In bloom, in mid-May, a couple years ago in my garden|
Beware the akebia quinata coming bearing beautiful flowers!