I've had my bramble going for a good 4 years now. Our kids love eating berries straight from the bush/cane and I love that. During the last 2 years, I've been battling the dreaded Japanese Beetle and their destructive habits, especially on my blackberries. I've tried a few things but will be doing more research over the course of the winter to come up with a better solution. It's very disheartening to find them on the plants in astronomical numbers and ruining the fruit.
Oh June, how I love thee! Why you ask? Hydrangeas of course! My Annabelle hydrangeas have started to bloom which makes me so happy. My husband and I, with the help of his parents, planted a row of them 5 years ago when we landscaped the house. They are in an area right off the patio and I can see them from our living room. The big beautiful green and white blooms are showy and classic at the same time. They make the perfect hedge and have always performed well.