Following the berry theme – the blackberries are blooming too! Blackberries are a bramble, a thorny, weedy plant that loves waste ground – sunny overgrown fields, fence rows, roadsides. Right now you can see splashes of color – little white to pink, five-petaled flowers with a mess of spots and pink stamens in the middle. The flowers (and later berries) grow in clusters from one stem, and the plants are like the ones in this picture, often shouldering their way through other plants, draped over other bushes, and generally mingled with something non-blackberry. Come back in late June to mid-July, and there will be a treat here, if the birds don’t get there first!