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Monday, August 4, 2014

My Blackberries are Ripe!


I finally get to blog about my blackberries.

We had a very bad winter and a very hungry rabbit that liked to chew - so our blackberry canes, that were to have berries on them this year, all died. Every one of them!

I didn't think we were going to have any blackberries this year. But the new canes that grew proved me wrong. Some of them had berries - and that is not supposed to happen. New canes just don't have berries, but somebody forgot to tell them that.





 they like to hide

 peppermint abounds at the end of one of the rows
but I don't complain, because in the other row
poison ivy abounds

I don't have very many, but 
I think they are the prettiest berries I've had in years

I am very proud of my vines. 
They gave it their all and against all odds, they did very, very good!

Anyone else enjoying nature's fruits this year?




14 comments:

  1. Yum!! I love blackberries and now there are plants with berries whose seeds are not so big and don't have thorns. We used to pick lots of wild berries and chiggers were sure bad. We live in an area where we have fresh fruits almost all season: strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, apples.
    How are you using your berries?

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    1. Wow, that would be great to have fresh fruits all the time. My blackberries don't have thorns :o). I'm freezing them now, but I use them in cobblers, pies, crumbles and in my cereal and oatmeal.

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  2. Oh my Janet those look delicious. I saw that Kroger's had blackberries on sale this week. That will be as close to the vines as I get this year. I love blackberries. Lucky you to have a place to grow them. Mint is a favorite of mine too. I buy the green leavesn when I find it and use it in tea. Hope you are having a great summer. Mine has been filled with grandchildren. Hugs. Barb

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    1. Hi Barb. I love blackberries, too. I've picked them most of my life. The peppermint smells good, but it has a tendency to take over if you let it.

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  3. Wow, those look so juicy and delicious. Brings back a lot of memories of picking them when we were little. I hated those chiggers so bad but it was well worth it. Hugs, xo

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    1. Hi Susie. I worry about ticks more than chiggers, but I hate chiggers, too. I also have lots of childhood memories about picking blackberries.

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  4. Oh my gosh...those look delicious and I imagine they were. My daughter in BC has cherries, plums and pears growing in her backyard. Have had some of the cherries and they were delicious I must say. Out in the wilds while camping we've had raspberries and strawberries and though they are small they are packed with flavour.

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    1. Hi Deb. They are delicious. I bet you had fun camping, we used to camp a lot, but haven't went in years.

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  5. Your blackberries look yummy. We didn't have many this year.

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    1. Hi Donna. I didn't think we were going to have any this year, either. But they proved me wrong.

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  6. Mmm, delicious. We have nothing because of the drought. Rain lilies did sprout up in the fields because of the light rain we had a couple days ago. That's about it.

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    1. Hi Beverly. Our weather has been very fickle this summer. It doesn't know whether it wants to be cold, rainy, dry or burning hot.

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  7. What you describe is like your bushes got a good pruning and pruning always helps berry bushes. Thanks to your hungry rabbits. What a beautiful bowl of blackberries -- almost feels like it could be a centerpiece on your dining table. -- barbara

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    1. Hi Barbara. They sure did get a good pruning and now it is like a jungle down there with all the spurts of rain we've had this summer.

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