maintaining a
              sshrubbery Maintaining a shrubbery. It had been done really well, with carefully-overlapped geotextile. But the stuff doesn't keep weeds out forever.... and once the nettle-roots are woven through the material, it's a bit of bother to get rid of them.
the roots aren't easy to pull out,
              once they are all through the black 'weedproof' material

Russian Vine: people complain that it grows too well:A bare wall

Wall is
              covered with greenery
January 2005
August 2006. The vine has covered the wall that had been repaired with breezeblocks.