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Unwinnable battle of the vine

This may be hard to believe, but they sell both honeysuckle vine and trumpet vine in garden catalogues. Yes, friends, you can order it, and if so inclined — or insane — plant it in your yard.

This weekend, I spent several hours trying to remove a trumpet vine from the middle of an azalea that is being strangled. I pulled and pulled, but with trumpet vine the roots are probably 1,000 feet deep in the earth. This vine was tightly wound around the base of the azalea before spreading out and attacking the branches and leaves.

Any sustenance in the soil was being sucked out by the vine, so my poor azalea was fighting for its life.

After exhaustion set in, I understood that in the battle between me and the

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