[nafex] Wow...what a plant

Lon J. Rombough lonrom at hevanet.com
Thu Mar 1 23:52:27 EST 2001

We don't have your winters, but the Himalaya blackberry (introduced pest)
will layer just about all winter. Yech.
-Lon Rombough
Grapes, unusual fruits, writing, consulting, more, at
http://www.hevanet.com/lonrom  See new additions to the site, Feb. 2001,
plus word on my grape book.

>From: Fluffy Bunny <the.fluffy.bunny at juno.com>
>To: nafex at yahoogroups.com
>Subject: [nafex] Wow...what  a plant
>Date: Thu, Mar 1, 2001, 7:38 PM

>In the midwest, winter came early this year.   Most of my trees still
>have their desiccated leaves hanging limply from limbs.   The never had
>time to harden off before the first snow arrived.   However the week
>before the first big cold snap I was nestling in my strawberries and
>brambles for the winter.  I distinctly remember pulling up any of the
>Triple Crown Blackberries that had tip rooted, and dutifully headed back
>all the canes to a manageable length.   Then the snow hit, and the cold. 
>So imagine my surprise when wandering through the garden I saw a most
>disturbing sight.   There were brambles mixed in my strawberries.  And
>those brambles were in deep.   Amazingly it appears that the Triple Crown
>just kept on growing under the snow, and weighed down as it was it took
>root every place.   In fact the arms grew quite a bit between November
>and the first of March.  Frankly I am astounded and perturbed (as this is
>reeking havoc in my strawberry patch.)   
>Perplexed I examined my other brambles, Taylor, Autumn Britten, Heritage,
>Fall Gold.   They all appeared to have been hit fairly hard by the
>winter, and I am less then jubilant at the prospects from them for the
>coming season (Taylor in particular).
>So has anyone else ever witnessed anything like this?  A blackberry
>growing in the winter time?    Perplexed...
>the fluffy one
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