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Wild Strawberries

wild strawberry
wild strawberry

Wild Strawberry

In all the good greenness of my garden

there stands a Jezebel.

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Happy Summer Solstice


A Sweet Treat

wild straberry
wild straberry

A wild strawberry waits for me at the end of the row.

What a reward for a hot afternoon of thinning out my garden! A sweet wild strawberry.

I let many things grow in my garden along with my chosen plants, and wild strawberries are one plant that grows all over, wherever it pleases. It’s fairly short, just a crown of leaves, sprouts and grows early and reliably at the beginning of June I find tiny sweet-tart berries. The leaves shade the ground and act as a natural mulch around taller plants, and their shallow root system doesn’t compete with plants like tomatoes, peppers and corn. Where beans, salad greens and root crops like beets and carrots are concerned I remove them so they don’t shade the shorter plants, but I usually transplant them elsewhere. One great benefit is that the bunnies and groundhog like the leaves—a lot—and will often choose the strawberry leaves over my garden plants.

So it was that I was pulling other plants from around the tomatoes and encountered the first wild strawberry of the year. And more to come, as you see below.

wild strawberries

There will be lots more where those came from!


Backyard Abstract

black and white photo of leaves
black and white photo of leaves

Backyard Abstract

Shiny violet and wild strawberry leaves, with a few goldenrod and phlox leaves added in, look like a mosaic, even in black and white, perhaps especially in black and white.