|[ Blackberry (Rubus 'Black Satin') | Posted on August 21, 2019 ]
I'm in Zone 6b, 4800' Elevation, very arid. This is a wonderful, thornless Blackberry with big delicious fruit. The seeds are small, soft and not quite as numerous as other varieties. It is easy to tell when fruit is ripe; just look at the sepals on top of the fruit. If they are brown, they are ripe! I cut the fruit-bearing stalks down to the ground immediately after fruit bearing stops. That gives the first-year growth as much growing time as possible so it can produce fruit next year.
|[ Shrubby Cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa 'Snowbird') | Posted on August 21, 2019 ]
I'm in Zone 6b, 4800' elevation, and dry. This perennial shrub has taken a couple of seasons to get going. Definitely a slow grower in my area. It gets some mid-day afternoon sun, about 3 hours. I really love the white blooms in the spring. After the initial burst of flowers, it has been flowering sporadically throughout the summer.