All sorts of climbing roses would do the trick. But, if you don't want to
deal with the silly amount of care some roses need, you could achieve the
same purpose using barberry, will will not only stop children, but kill and
eat them. It will do the same for dogs.
Some people say deer will jump over a 6 ft barrier. If that's true, you'll
need to grow the barberry higher. Keeping those bushes trimmed will be
interesting, sort of like a combination of 3rd degree burns and brain
cancer. But, given a tall ladder, thick denim clothing, leather gloves, and
a tarp for catching the trimmings, it can be done.
On Sun, 23 Mar 2008 19:01:06 -0400, "Paul E. Lehmann"
Many antique roses suit this purpose well. Here is a link to a
particularly thorny rose which doesn' thave a lot of problems if
provided with cool roots and mulch preventing splashing soil up on
the undersides of the foliage:
I have this rose and occasionally my husband comes in cursing it! He
gets grabbed now and then.
On Mon, 24 Mar 2008 15:22:06 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
Believe me, if I had one squinch of space anywhere I'd be in the same
place you're in. This week, knee killing me aside, I have to go out
and chop out some giant blue agave pups for some friends. I'm always
amazed at how many pups these plants manufacture in one year.
You could grow a hedge of rosa rugosa. Very hardy. Spreads rapidly. No one
will dare trying to go thru it. Extremely fragrant flowers. Beautiful red
rose hips in the fall. Downside: attracts Japanese beetles.
Hopkinton, MA (Zone 6a)
It is not a vine however a "Paul's Scarlet Hawthorn" tree is a real
nasty evil tree. I have one in my yard, I plan on shredding it sometime
soon. Easy growing and cheap $20, I found one at a LOWES hardware store.
The thorns are horrible. The thorns are long 2-5" with sharp
barbs that easily breaks off. My neighbor has this tree also and a thorn
when straight through his boot and the tip broke off into his foot. Had
to goto the hospital to have the barb removed from his foot. Also, the
thorns has flatten the tires to his large class "A" farm tractor. Again
a nasty evil tree, slow growing though.
For a nasty non thorny vine, how about poison ivy :)
Enjoy Life ... Dan
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On Mon, 24 Mar 2008 17:03:42 GMT, "JoeSpareBedroom"
I have one of those too. I'm very afraid of it, but cardinals love to
nest in it. I dare any snake to climb in there. If unpruned it can
and has gotten as tall as eight feet. The one I have is prone to
thrips. Since I don't DO anything to kill the thrips the blooms are
sometimes a bit yucky. They do have beautiful hips though!
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