It's amazing how much vegetation was there--it took me, Sweet Husband, a weed eater, and one very sharp pair of scissors to finally get them detached from the fence. They were tangled and tied around every nook and cranny, and even half-dead the vines are very strong.
Once we got them hauled off, I noticed there were hundreds of little black things on top of the fence and on our sidewalk. On closer inspection I realized they looked strangely like the morning glory seeds I planted this Spring.
In contrast to something like sunflowers where the seed making process is very obvious, the morning glories were much quieter about their propagation. I guess I knew that they had to make seeds somehow--because, after all, they don't just get into those Seed Saver packets by magic--but I didn't really notice anything that led me to believe my particular morning glories were enceinte.
And boy were they! By the looks of it, there will be pretty morning glories at our house--and probably our Nice Neighbors' too--for years to come. And since we're not going to have to plant morning glories next year, I scraped as many as I could off the top of our fence to pass along to friends. (And if you have some to collect--here's how.)
How nice to discover a little surprise after I thought surprises were finished for the year!