Don't be fooled! This alien monster starts as a small seed or even in a small pot.
And you plant it thinking how one day it will be beautiful, cascading, flowering delight.
You build a pretty, but light, pergola to house your new little buddy.
But no. Left unchecked this alien being can, and mercilessly will, take over its perch!
It will take over the world!
This humongous trumpet plant has been growing under, around and over this deck for nearly 20 years.
It is beautiful, especially when flowering, but at this point weighs hundreds of pounds.
And it is tearing up the deck!
It is also tearing up its support.
You can see a couple of supports toward the rear which have been removed from their original positions.
This lovely entry way light, not made for the outdoors, was moved here when a new interior light was purchased some time ago.
The way this is done is very "homeowner" in fashion, not correct and fairly dangerous.
But it has been there!
Sooner or later this plant will collapse this support!
The original columnar supports for the deck, beside which the alien was planted, have been completely eaten!
They had to be replaced, of course.
This being Virginia, Mr. Jefferson would be proud of the alien's intelligent symmetry.
Notice how both previous columns have been removed and preserved at exactly the same angle!
Parallels are hard to come by in nature!
But, with some trimming above, this alien creature might once again be the delight it was intended!
After all, with views like these it sure would be worth it!
The upper and lower decks both view into the property. The nearest neighbor is no where near the house!
My recommendation: keep your plants under control and away from the house!