Posts Tagged ‘strawberries’

Berries in the front garden


Wild Strawberries

Hidden behind the planks of wood (a future project… one day) are the wild strawberries and the tayberry bush.   The strawberries are a bit of a pain and why oh why would I plant fruit that I cannot eat!   They look a mess in the winter and they try to grow all over the place, but for a short period of time during the year their white flowers and bright red fruits look quite nice and inviting.

The tayberry on the other side is a success.  The bush cost just pennies and has taken a couple of years to give us our first fruit.


Wild Wild Strawberries

These are like little rubies in a sea of green leaves.  The wild strawberries are fruiting and while you would not want to eat these (you can eat them but they are nothing like a normal strawberry with texture and taste) they look nice.

Wild Strawberry Flowers

These Wild Strawberries are fantastic!  I bought four plants the other year, two survived (not helped by the cat!), I was told they spread like there is no tomorrow and they really do.  Now the whole plot where I planted them is covered in strawberry plants which is fantastic as it gives a bit of no maintenance cover and colour down the side in the front garden.   They are all now bright green with their white flowers which makes them look more like they are meant to be there (unlike during the colder months they looked more like weeds in an unkept garden!).   Later on the in the year, the white flowers give way to the small bright red strawberries.

I don’t know why I bought wild strawberries and not the real things, esp as I really love strawberries too!  But never mind, there is still plenty of space for that later on, maybe as ground cover for the raspberry canes that maybe next year we will get round to planting.

Who's Eating the Strawberries?

It is not us as these are wild strawberries and I don’t find them too nice to eat (although you can, they are very small and sweet and a strange texture).   Something has been eating them and their leaves.


@Seven Weeks – Wild Strawberries

A small number of little red strawberries.  I did try tasting one and although not unpleasent, it wasn’t that tasty either, but then they are not really meant to be eaten.

@Seven Weeks

@Four Weeks

So much going on and so little time to do things!   I have added a whole load of extra things this week, so comments are with the photos.  It has been sun sun sun, hot hot hot all week, which has meant lots of watering although only on the small things.  Everything else has to take their chance, including the new grass seed in the front garden which is a bit of a pity.  I have watered it a couple of times, but it will come up eventually and if it doesn’t then a top up on Autumn will do the job I am sure.


Beans – only planted them a couple of days ago so no show as yet: 



Rhubarb – needs picking, we have made some pies from it already:


Tayberry – this is a new one this week.  One of the fruit bushes that we got reduced from Woolworths and it seems to have taken and has new growth on it:


Wild Strawberries – some nice little flowers and some small green strawberries starting to show.  That and the two plants are now multiplying like it is going out of business:


Blackcurrents – this is the third or fourth year (I forget) and this year the bush never got pruned and so it is really looked after itself.  Mind you, a good growth of flowers appearing:


Sunflowers – the ones that started it all.  These are no four weeks old and no more slug problems after using pellets.  They are well on their way outside while a couple more are just starting to show inside (to replace the slug eaten ones) as well as two planted directly outside showing now too:



Potatoes – I managed to get a couple more off freecycle, so now we have four seed potatoes in the pot.  The existing ones the growth was about an inch above the soil, so I have now topped it up with more soil.  The next time I have to do this, it will be at the top:


Grass – don’t be fooled by the photo, it is actually quite patchy and the hot sunny weather has not helped at all.  Mind you, it does look like it is meant to be there and from a distance is a nice carpet of green. It is meant to rain tomorrow:


Tomatoes: now repotted and outside:


Chillies – now repotted outside.  The stones are to keep them upright:


Clematis is growing very well, about an inch or more per day.  It will soon be up to the wire and off along the fence:


Amaranthus – I really need to read up on what to do with these:


Basil – growing nicely and time to repot them I think:


Cress – more luck this second time and half of it eaten, yum:


Mini Sunflowers – ready to plant outside:


Sweetpeas – every single seed seems to have done something which is fantastic:


Salad – still growing but very slowly, and little bits of it dieing too, not doing too well.  I think we will put some seed outside at sometime:



@8 Months – Wild Strawberries

Since planting four wild strawberry plants back in August (see wild-strawberries-are-planted) it is time to see how they have been doing.   I had huge problems with cats (mostly our cat!) digging in the new soil and through this we lost two of the four plants.   I soon covered them with some wire mesh to stop the cat, and it worked.

The remaining two plants have multiplied and there are now two main plants and around four smaller plants coming off.   So they seem to be spreading as advertised, which is great.   They were planted in a space or pretty pour soil, very clay like, not very deeps, full of stones and weeds.   I topped it all up with the results of the worm composter and have have been keeping an eye on the weeds.


Wild Strawberries