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Old 06-04-2014, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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On a somewhat related note, can you find raspberries growing wild along ditchbanks and other undisturbed plots of land in your neighbo(u)rhoods?
They are invading my backyard which has a forest and accompanying underbrush adjacent to it.

Not sure what to do to stop them!
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Canada
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I'm putting in a garden. We had snow on May 1st - everything here is a month behind. Most of my garden is in but then I had tiller trouble. I saw a heirloom tomato grafted onto a hybrid stem at the greenhouse. Supposedly this type of tomato offers up 50% more fruit. So that's one of my experiments for this year. And asparagus peas. Never heard of asparagus peas before but I like asparagus and I like peas so I also planted asparagus peas. The are up and I guess I'll see how they do.

The Asparagus Pea—A Wonderfully Frolicsome Legume - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

So now I will go back to my tiller problem, which I hope doesn't occupy me all day.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Anyone gardening this year?
Everything at my place is late from two weeks to a month because of the cold winter and cool spring.

My apple trees have flowered (come and gone) and my peonies have flowered as of yesterday.

Irises are close to flowering but they are way behind.

Lilies have just popped out a bit and probably won't flower for St-Jean-Baptiste (June 24) like they usually do.

Hémérocalles (day lilies?) have leaves out but aren't even close to flowering.

Rose bushes should be flowering within the next week.

Sandcherry has flowered but it's always early.

Hydrangeas aren't even close to flowering.

Potentillas struggling to get leaves.

Hollies are slowly waking up.

Weigelas have a few small flowers on them but slow in waking up.

Physocarpus should flower within a week or so but also very late.

Lilac very late as well - only the beginnings of flowers on the branches so far.

How's that for a report?
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Old 06-04-2014, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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Our lilacs have come and gone.
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Old 06-04-2014, 12:10 PM
 
Location: British Columbia ☀️ ♥ 🍁 ♥ ☀️
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Anyone gardening this year?

On a somewhat related note, can you find raspberries growing wild along ditchbanks and other undisturbed plots of land in your neighbo(u)rhoods?
Domestic raspberries grow well here but there are no wild ones growing in populated areas here in the lower mainland, but once you get out of the populated areas up into the mountains and along rivers - or on farms in the valley - there are wild indigenous raspberries that are very small and tart. Also an abundance of salmonberries, thimbleberries, huckleberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries.

The blackberries are almost a horror story - they are Himalayan Blackberries which were introduced to the west coast by a Bavarian immigrant to Washington state in the late 1800's and they escaped and mutated into monster-briars in this rain forest climate and now they are classified as an invasive species everywhere on the west coast from Oregon to Alaska. They are a menace in every town, on every street, every park, every back yard, popping up through sidewalks, parking lots, growing up trees and telephone poles, along fencelines, in the wilderness choking out creek and river banks - they are as bad as the kudzu vines in the south. But by God, those blackberry fruits are abundant beyond belief growing in thick clusters that hang like bundles of grapes and the berries are big, juicy and delicious.

My garden is doing very well and I picked some of my first ripe strawberries yesterday and they were yummy.

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Old 06-04-2014, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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They are invading my backyard which has a forest and accompanying underbrush adjacent to it.

Not sure what to do to stop them!
Eat the berries, then spray the canes with triclopyr or glycophosphate.

I love raspberries, but the plants can't handle our heat. Blackberries can, though.
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Old 06-04-2014, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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The blackberries are almost a horror story - they are Himalayan Blackberries which were introduced to the west coast by a Bavarian immigrant to Washington state in the late 1800's and they escaped and mutated into monster-briars in this rain forest climate and now they are classified as an invasive species everywhere on the west coast from Oregon to Alaska.
I think that is the variety I transplanted from a field across from my Aunt Judy and Uncle Ronnie's house into my backyard a couple of years ago. The drupes are growing. I have a pair of long gardening gloves that I use for pruning them.
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