My blackberries are in full bloom. In a few weeks they'll be covered with berries. I can't wait! Blackberry bushes are the meanest plants that I know of. They are entirely coated in thorns...the stems, leaves, everything. It's like the plants know how good their berries are and set up this massive defence system. I understand the bush is just taking care of it's own.
My first crop of blackberries was smallish and I wasn't sure what to do with them, but last year I found my favorite cobbler recipe, and I was able to make Blackberry cobbler throughout the winter with my frozen berries. I'm expecting to get a good haul this year. I should have plenty to freeze and share. Yippee!!
Last year I planted three blueberry bushes. They are making berries too, but they are pretty small and won't probably give me more that one recipe of muffins worth this year. I'm hoping they will get really well established this year so maybe, next year, I'll have a bunch of berries.
I don't have a particular garden spot in my yard. I just plant things where I think they will be happiest and grow. If I find that a plant isn't happy where I planted it, I dig it up and move it somewhere else. I do what I think will work, it doesn't always, but I keep trying. When I first started growing things I lost more plants than I managed to keep alive. Sometimes it was because I tried to force things to grow in places they didn't want to, but other times it just wasn't meant to be. I have learned that not every plant is for me and my gardening. I choose plants that are pretty hardy, don't need to be watered too often, and will come back year after year with very little encouragement. :)