This picture shows both ripe and ripening fruits. Each little segment contains a seed that passes straight through the birds and animals that eat it. Each seed has the potential to grow into a new plant which can then ramble over and around trees and shrubs. The stems are covered with vicious thorns that help it climb, if the stems stay in contact with the soil they can take root - all this can make blackberries something of a pest in the garden.
Legend has it that the Devil was kicked out of Heaven at Michaelmas (29th September), he landed in a bramble bush and spat and stamped on it in contempt, making the fruit inedible. A similar tale mentioned in -this blog-
suggests blackberries should never be picked after October 11th, which is "Old Michaelmas Day
" (because of the 1752 calendar reforms). In reality the fruit are les useful if they're picked in late September, they become bitter. It's probably to do with the way temperature and day length affect the plant.
Blackberry (bramble) stems were often used to bind together bundles of straw to make "Skeps"
, the old-fashioned beehive..
Sanctuary of Our...