Thursday, March 12, 2015
I may have mentioned the luxuriant undergrowth rapidly overtaking what´s left of the barn.
These pics were from the one and only snowfall in January. I got out there at the crack of dawn to record it for posterity figuring it might not happen again.
Now normally goats would probably be the solution to rampant brambles, but they eat the leaves and then the plants eventually die. Not quite the fast response we´re looking for. And we´re not set up for livestock, at all.
So I bought a sharpening stone, took up my trusty sickle and headed out for some bramble wrangling.
This is a spot I had my eye on for a chicken coop/compost area. Already has low walls, good sun exposure.
But then the hacking revealed this:
Grapes! They were scarmbling along the wall and climbing the walnut tree. So I got them down (some 20 feet long) and untangled and now am considering my arbor options. Does anyone know if grapes will root from where the canes/vines touch the ground? There´s one good sized root at the barn end pictured, and then 2 spots further along the wall where it´s growing out of the ground.
And underneath it all was something in bloom! I glimpsed this last year, but didn´t really investigate. Turns out there´s a flowering bush, caught between an overzealous Elder (I think) and being crushed under a fallen chestnut beam. I hoped it was some kind of fruit, quince or something, but when I asked the neighbors I was told it´s a flowering shrub, nothing edible. Thoughts?
Other signs spring has sprung. These yellow flowers I´m hoping are primroses and not creeping buttercup or other evil minion.
And the daffs I planted right after we bought the place. Haven´t seen them since!