Bird droppings = Blackberries

The flower pictured above is from a blackberry vine that I found growing in my “nature habitat.”

When we moved into the house 8 years ago, I wanted to grow everything as naturally as possible and attract wildlife to our garden.  We focused on the row of pines growing  in the rear of the yard and started piling brush between them. Several years later (and a lot more brush) we have a beautiful wall of assorted trees, shrubs, and wildflowers.  I look forward to watching it each Spring as it evolves from a pile of brown sticks to a lush wall of green.

The blackberry vine was unexpected.   I wasn’t sure what it was, but after some fun basic plant detective work, I narrowed it down.  Since then, I’ve been watching it as the blossoms have dropped and turned into beautiful little berries. And just as fast as the berries ripen, they disappear.  No doubt eaten by the inhabitants of my habitat.

What started out to be a solo effort ended up being a collaborative one.  I’ll keep adding brush and hopefully the wildlife will keep adding blackberries and other surprises for me to discover each Spring.  I don’t know anything about my “neighbors,” but I love their taste in landscaping.