|Lost in thought|
Himalayan (or Armenian) blackberries are the most prevalent blackberries in the Willamette Valley. The Oregon Department of Agriculture considers Himalayan blackberry to be a noxious weed, and it is certainly an invasive species. It has pretty much choked out the native Oregon blackberry. (What a shame! Why can't they co-exist, peacefully?)
According to the ODA website, Armenian blackberry was first noted in Marion County in 1922. Now, less than a hundred years later, it is everywhere. And it is hard to kill. I've been battling a bramble in one corner of my yard for 10 years now. Tough stuff. To call it a "hearty" plant would be like saying Rasputin could take a punch.
|First blackberries of the season|
But ripe blackberries have a sad significance as well. They foretell the end of summer.
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On the other hand, what is forever really worth?