Plantidote of the Day 2013-02-11
Raspberry canes in the snow
This image was shot before Snowpocalypse or Snowmageddon or whatever silly name the current storm is being called. The back story is that with the recent election and all, lambert, who provided the picture, didn't have time to keep up with garden chores.
These are the raspberry canes at the front of my garden. This year, I didn't have time to prepare the garden for winter, so I didn't cut them back. Then again, they aren't cut back in nature, so we will see what happens.
Growing up in Michigan, my parents had lots of raspberry bushes, but I don't remember if they cut them back. Yet somehow, every summer we always had raspberries. Maybe later in the spring, we can get an update and see how these are doing. I wonder how plants can survive the cold and then just start over in spring. Anyway, lucky for us, they do! Stand by for updates ....
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