A green-fingered pensioner’s attempt to grow shrubs and flowers in his front garden has spectacularly back-fired – after the foliage grew so fast it engulfed his entire HOUSE.
Colin Melbourne’s £240,000 semi-detached property in posh Leamington Spa, Warks., has become consumed by rampant ivy and conifers, leaving it invisible to passers-by.
His front garden is so overrun with plants the windows, front door and even the garage are hidden beneath the sprawling greenery.
Residents living near the 78-year-old are now urging the council to help him bring his wayward garden back under control.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said: “Mr Melbourne lives in the house and has done for many years.
“He is often seen planting flowers and shrubs but the weather this year has sent them skyward.
“He is a character and usually puts his plants in bags before transferring them into his garden.
“The front garden has also been a bit unruly but this summer the good weather has sent the ivy and conifers shooting up.
“The house is so hidden you can’t even see the front door.
“I feel sorry for the people living directly next door because their home is very nicely kept and has recently been repainted.
“I hate to say it but the house has become a bit of an eyesore and the council really should take some action if for no other reason than to help Mr Melbourne control his plants.
“It must be really depressing living like that, it must be very gloomy inside.”
Another neighbour added: “Mr Melbourne is no trouble to us or anyone on the street.
“His efforts to improve his garden have clearly got away from him and we’d all happily help him if he wanted us to but I daresay he’s too proud to ask.”
Mr Melbourne yesterday refused to comment.
In February last year homeowner Kenneth Mould, 50, was fined #1,000 after he failed to tidy up the front of his home in Rugeley, Staffs., which was completely obscured by ivy.