I inherited a perfectly neat and serviceable but boringly plain shed when I moved here.
It happened to be green, with a reddish trim. I fancied a Virginia Creeper might suit, but doubted it would creep up smooth tin like this.
The nursery couldn’t guarantee it would.
I took the chance.
But very slowly, those little sucker paws struggled up, with a bit of support from wires to start with, as guides.
After one year, it had managed this much.
And yet now, by its second year, it has taken over the shed beautifully, the colours matching. It gives me great pleasure to see it.
Colour aside, I do know why it has done so well, because when I emptied a compost bin nearby I found its roots had found their way in at the base.
Compost well spent!