Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Every Blackberry Has Its Thorns

I would just like to say that the thorny hedge bites. And spreads! I went out tonight to plant my new bamboo, got energetic and started weeding around the peonies, and BAM! Thorns in my fingers and wrists.

The blackberries are essentially weeds themselves, see? And they do this great thing: they send out a shoot, it touches the ground, and it roots. Presto! New plant. Great for having a hedge, not so great for reaching in and weeding. Ouch, ouch, ouch.

But last year the lawnmowing dudes ran over a blackberry and a peony. We will not have that this year. So I need to weed enough area around them that they are left pretty well alone. How much? How much pain can I take?

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