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During the 'winter' this past year, I didn't stir out into the garden even once. On my first foray into the back yard after Spring arrived, I found that this monster had grown up near our shed.
I have no idea where it came from or what it is. I do not see any buds or blooms, just nice leaves. It puzzles me how something like this could have grown so quickly.
Isn't that just the way? If I had planted it and cared for it, this little tree-looking thing would probably have fried in the late days of Summer or croaked during one of the rare freezes here. And if it survived and thrived, then it must be in the "attractive weeds" family. LOL.
I kept getting the most annoying shrubby things and they were identified here as mulberry. Well, I had never seen anything with berries. Alas this summer we have found berries all over the yard that I first thought were raspberries. The culprit is right in my next door neighbors yard, hidden in a locust patch. Gee! And you know what, they spring up out of nowhere.
Perhaps a bird dropped a seed in my garden because I know I certainly didn't plant it. But since it is growing so nicely, it can stay. And DH is pleased that he didn't even have to dig a big hole to plant this one :)
At my old place, my neighbor had a big mulberry tree that hung over our fence and dropped berries all over our patio.
Another neighbor would get really irate and complain about the purple stains, but I just bought a cheap shower curtain and spread it out and collected all the berries I could.
Then I gave them to a co-worker who knew about mulberries (I had never seen one before) and she gave me several pies that she had made. What a deal! They were delicious!
So I have my shower curtain all ready, just in case. LOL.
Oh LouisaianaSweetPea, that is so funny, your shower curtain and the mulberry pies. I had a mulberry tree at my other place and loved them. I planted it to try to keep some of the birds out of my cherries. Didn't work they just had more to eat. i planted one here just because i like the berries, had blooms this year but none stayed on the small tree. Donna
The birds! I forgot about the birds! There probably won't be any fruit to drop anywhere because of those big vulture-mouths!
Every year, they swipe all of my figs and strawberries and eat all of my sunflowers' seeds. I had to fight them for the peaches, and thank goodness they don't like lemons. They will be happy that there is something else for them to attack. LOL.
Donna, you are so lucky that you can grow cherries there. It doesn't get cold enough here, so we have to rely on bland-tasting, store-bought ones that are imported for a very brief time. I'm still looking for a low-chill cherry tree though!