Perennials can be great instruments of torture. No, really... it's true. Take my raspberry bushes as an example. They tease. They start to produce berries, which causes all sorts of excitement. Then they take what feels like forever to bring the fruits to the perfect level of ripeness. For many people, this wouldn't be a problem. I, however, have this really bad habit. As they ripen, I pick them. Then I eat them. Again, this wouldn't be a problem, really, except that what I really wanted was to make raspberry jam. A great aspiration, of course, but when you eat every raspberry that ripens, rather than saving it for later, you run into problems. Like having to wait ten days to make it, rather than the three or four that it would otherwise take. Perennials have the wonderful talent of not producing all of their berries all at once. This means that you don't have to worry about getting out and harvesting everything all at once, which means that you never
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