Mmm. Blackberries. I want some. Mine aren't ripe yet, but I'm so glad to have two fruiting bushes. Last year, one did all the flowering and fruiting while the other grew tall with a lot of leaves and not a single flower. It made me so confused and sad.
What makes me very happy is that I've been digging up the suckers from my blackberries and planting them around the edges of my yard. Hope to have at least four fruiting blackberry bushes next year. Yummy!
The neighborhood cats don't like my blackberry bushes. Too bad. I got so tired of them hanging out in my yard all the time. I have Washington Hawthorns planted closely for a north hedge although I didn't think the thorns were so scary until this past weekend. When they get to about five feet tall, they hurt.
On the south side, I planted some Washington Hawthorns to replace the half-dead and sparse hedge but they grow slow due to the hedge. I can't cut the hedge completely out because the neighbors have hacked it so much that people delivering mail and flyers trample my garden through the spaces where my Hawthorns are trying to grow. I've replaced several that have been trampled. (They didn't speak English so all my efforts to grow that thick hedge all these years were dashed even though they are on my side of the property line. They hacked them to the ground.) I started transplanting the blackberry suckers over there and a couple are doing very well.
On the west side, I planted rosa rugosa. I've only planted a few so far. But I also have an Adam's Needle yucca in the middle near the south side hedge which will have very sharp pointed leaves when it is bigger. And my two big blackberry bushes and three raspberry bushes are in the middle near the north side hedge. Let all cats beware, there are thorns almost everywhere. I wish I could find a low-growing thorny plant for under my juniper bushes along the house as I see the cats are still going through my yard that way.
"Love all God's creatures, the animals, the plants. Love everything to perceive the divine mystery in all." -Fyodor Dostoyevsky