Break out the chicken wire — My strawberries are blooming and bearing fruit!
A year ago, I ordered three varieties of bare root plants from Stark Bros. They had a slow start and produced mostly shoots and leaves. A few flowered and I split my single ripe strawberry with chipmunk. It was unbelievably good. I was hooked. (Don” ask me which variety it was. I lost the tags.)
Since my first bite, supermarket strawberries just don’t cut it anymore for me. I started buying strawberries at the local farmers markets. They didn’t have a long shelf life and I would greedily eat them over the kitchen sink for breakfast.
This year, however, my strawberry plants are in blooming. My crop looks super promising. I can hardly wait to eat my very own berries!
In other berry news, my blueberries are in bloom! I know I should nip the buds to encourage stronger root formation, but I really wanted to see a blueberry bloom in person. Aren’t they sweet? They look a bit like Lily-of-the-Valley, no?