I am an Oklawaha Blackberry. My mother was a Rose.
The resemblance is striking wouldn’t you say?
The rose family contains more that 2800 species world wide. In addition to all the ornamental trees and bushes, many/most of the fruits that we love best are also members of the Rose family; apples, cherries, peaches, almonds, and many types of berries including the blackberry.
The Spring of 2010 was a very wet spring for us at Shady Grove Preserve. In the fields and the woodlands plants and trees bloomed as we have never seen before; Some things we didn’t know could bloom at all showed us an amazing variety of fragrant color and grace. And others, like the Oklawaha, who always bloom at least a little no matter how dry it is, bloomed with a profusion and an enthusiasm that was breathtaking.
Oklawaha blackberries bloom with 5 petals in a single circle. – Except (apparently) when they are very very happy, and then they can bloom ‘double’.
In their simple celebration of the blessing of water, they give me hope and renew my belief in the power of life.