The best plant AND the worse plant in the PNW

Hands down, Himalayan Blackberry is the best and the worst plant in the Pacific North West. Astronomically invasive,extremely fast growing, dangerously prickly…it is a true nightmare for those of us gardening here. But then, late July into August…the most lusciously delicious berries are everywhere – free for the (dangerous) picking.  All else that is needed is a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!

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Blackberry encroaching on Rhododendron and Pieris
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Author: joannewesterby

Although I lived in Ontario for 25 years, Vancouver Island has always been home to me. 15 years ago we bought a "little house on the prairie" in Brant County, just outside Hamilton, Ancaster and Brantford, Ontario. Over the years, with a lot of sweat, determination, luck, skill, frustration, elation and endurance we turned that 2 acre clay field into an amazing oasis...as chronicled in Through Leaves. When we recently retired we immediately came back 'home' to the Coast. We have settled in beautiful central Vancouver Island at the edge of Nanaimo on 1/2 acre with a mature shrub garden adjacent to a ravine that winds its way up to Westwood Lake and eventually Mount Benson. Although the garden is mature and gorgeous...it is very overgrown, too homogenous for my liking and needs my personal stamp! I am dizzy with the possibilities!!!

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