Native brambles (Rubus fruticosus) grow in my garden without invitation, and I have a love/hate relationship with them.
This year, after admiring the beauty of the white or pink flowers during lockdown whilst also cutting and tearing out thorny stems, I have been enjoying the most delicious blackberry, apple and bilberry crumbles ever.
You can see at a glance that this plant is popular with wildlife. Yet here I am deep amongst thorns, hacking down runners that appeared when I wasn’t looking. Not only do these prickly exploratory stems grow at a remarkable speed, they also don’t care what other plant they grow over, across or through, and they take root when they touch the ground.