Who doesn’t love blackberries? They’re sweet and tart and good for us. BUT, the plants are so thick they grow into a formidable barrier wherever they take root.
Blackberries grow wild in many places, especially on Vancouver Island. They are tough plants with fierce thorns for protection, and they have their prolific growth patterns perfected. The vines that come up from the roots each year will easily take root wherever the end (or middle or any other part) of the vine touches the ground.
It is listed as an invasive plant. No kidding!
The blackberries in front of our hedge had grown so much that they were pulling down our wire deer fence, squeezing through the cedars, and slurping up all the water we were giving the hedge.
I’d had enough.
You can see that locals had made us their dog walk. Why let your dog poop by your own property when you can bring it over to someone else’s and let them do their business there?
Unfortunately, many of the ones who picked up after their dogs then thought it was okay to fling the plastic poop bag into the blackberries. And while they were at it, why not fling any other garbage in there too? After all, out of sight, out of mind. I found a water bottle from a local coffee shop, beer cans, beer bottles, a ball point pen in two parts, candy wrappers,about six poop bags, and even an umbrella.
And one conscientious person didn’t pick up their doggie’s “doo” but left it for nature to take care of. Actually I prefer that, but please, move it out of the way? Then again, when you get hundreds of people bringing their dogs to poop, how is it going to look and smell if no one takes care of that business?
I’m glad I don’t walk there, but it IS in front of my house.
It took me several weeks of cutting, hacking, pulling, cursing, and wincing to get the blackberry vines to let go and to pile them up in heaps.
The blackberries have been cut down,
But new ones come up from the ground,
The old vines have the hardest spikes,
They give a poke that no one likes.
The young vines wrap so easily,
Around my arm, around my knee,
They tangle right into my hair,
They scratch me, and they don’t care where.
I wonder if it’s worth the woe
To cut the vines so they won’t grow.
For every piece I cut away
I get another scratch and pay.
My arms and legs have red designs
They’re scratched with deep and angry lines
And even as the first pain fades
I run to get some more Band-aids.