When you look at my garden, you don't especially notice the ugly, dead stump in the upper right corner of this overview photo.
But there it stands in plain view, undermining my efforts to distract from it. A battle scar in the sometimes ruthless process that is gardening, the stump, which straddles the fence between mine and our neighbor's gardens was brutally dead-headed several summers ago with the idea of eliminating the encroaching shade it was unhappily providing.
Without success, I have tried last year and again this year to treat the stump as a trellis for growing annual vines. The little scraggly mess in the photo on the left, is the miserable attempt I made this spring to grow sweet peas (Lathrus sps.) in several spots at the base of the stump. Though surprisingly still alive with a few pathetic blooms, this hardly counts as coverage.
On the right I have just planted a little brown eyed susan vine (Thunbergia 'Blushing Susie') on my neighbor's side of the fence, since my side is mostly stump. We'll see if it manages to provide any interest. Next year I must find a rampant clematis to smother this garden nuisance.