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October 23, 2010


We have been working often in the garden area of our back yard.  It has been neglected for about 5 years so the Blackberry bush that was there had decided that it would take over the entire garden area..... all by it's self.
And I must say it was being quite successful at it...until we arrived on the scene! 
The above photo was taken in November of last year.  So as you can imagine, the bush has grown quite a bit since I took this picture.
We spent many afternoons out in the garden cutting away parts of this giant bush.  We have more than enough scares to prove our work.  But the area is starting to look like a garden area again and I am excited to get the area plotted out for our spring garden.

Below is a photo of a few stalks that we chopped from the wild run away plant.
Okay the photo after this one can give you a better idea of the real size of the stalks from this crazy plant...

Yes, that's a dime to help show the actual size of the plant we have been fighting.  But we have finally won the battle!!!
The ugly, prickly plant is GONE!!!
Of course, Mistaya is very excited about all the new smells that are in the areas of the garden that she couldn't get to while the giant Blackberry bush was ruling the entire garden area.
There is nothing like Puppy Happiness!


  1. I love blackberries! yummmmm cobbler! I bet your place looks great!

  2. We have those giant blackberries too. We fight them all the time. When we first moved here we thought it was fun to pick the berries. Since I don't cook, that got old fast!

    Keep fighting the good fight :)

    The Duchess

  3. Wow, those are some big blackberry bushes!!! I remember getting stuck all the time growing up!

  4. Hi Rae, Yes, Our home is starting to look like it is loved again. I swear I could hear the house let out a big "sigh" the other day just after I applied the last coat of primer on the upstairs craftroom! When it is all complete I will post a before and after picture to show you. And I think you will agree that the house probably really did make a "sigh" of relief because it looks so much better.
    Hugs, Gail

  5. Hi Jack Daddy, I know all of us will be very happy not to be stuck or scratched by that monster bush ever agail!!!!
    Hugs and wags, Mistaya

  6. Emma Rose, tell the Dutchess that we were the same way when we first arrived here. If you rememeber in one of my earlier posts M.O.M. even posted pictures of me eating the berries right from the bush just like M.O.D. did. But everytime we visit the wonderful veggie and fruit market not far from here we see beaatiful litte baskets full of blackberries ready to take home and eat. M.O.M. said one day..."From now on we will buy our berries from the market and enjoy them and let the market owners do all the work for us!" NO more scratches for us!!!
    Hugs and wags, Mistaya

  7. Mistaya
    Glad you got those thorny plants outta there!! Yipee for the great new smells!! Aww..nothing like some new sniffs!!


  8. Holy Smoke that did you see Jack on that Stalk? MOL
    Happy Day sweet Mistaya, M.O.M. and M.O.D. and Sistercat
    Hugs Madi

  9. Hi Jazzi, yes, there are so many new smells...I even found a little snake hiding in there. I imagine he is a few miles away by now cause I don't think he liked me very much!!!
    Hugs and wags, Mistaya

  10. Hey Madi...I didn't think to check to see if Jack was up on top of that giant stalk when we chopped it all down! Oh I hope he is safely home with his family by now.
    Hugs and wags, Mistaya

  11. Having done battle with Blackberry vines on the coast I know how much of a chore it is to remove them. They do put up a fight don't they? Hope you are too scratched up.


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