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Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:34 pm
by Jacksparrow
I have had a bramble at the rear of my property ever since I've lived here(29 years and counting). I've always accepted that it was my duty to keep it under control and to that end have pruned it right back every autumn. My reward was a crop of very tasty Blackberries :goodvibes: Last autumn,however, some workmen turned up to get rid of the Ivy on the lock-up garages immediately behind my back fence. Not only did they deal with the ivy but took it upon themselves to take the brambles down to ground level too. :( I feared the worst but I'd under-estimated the brambles will to re-establish it's presence. This year it has grown with a vigour I've never before witnessed :eek: saddling me with the problem of keeping it withing bounds. My reward for all the extra work was not a single berry. Nor did it produce any blossom(always a favourite with the Bees) :shrug:
Isn't nature wonderful!


Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:49 pm
by Placido
What a fascinating yet tragic tale :weep:.

Ahem :rolleyes: ~ brambles flower and fruit on SECOND-year growth so you might wish to invest in a small but informative booklet entitled, "What to do with a million tons of berries". Wow, will you be busy this time next year.

Do A deal and we can all have bramble-flavoured HB (now there's a novelty) :clap:


Posted: Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:59 pm
by Jacksparrow
It is my intention to prune it back a per usual later this year but not a drastically as last year. Hold fire on the Bramble HB plans until fruiting time next August.


Posted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 9:21 pm
by Jacksparrow
During a lockdown walk today we noticed the quite a few of the brambles were blossoming again :shrug: There are very few leaves on the bushes so the blossom looks very odd. :)