So last weekend I found a bunch of these adorable wee 5 petaled white flowers that look soooo much like strawberries growing all over the place. I did a bunch of google searches for "white wildflowers" convinced that these strawberry-like lovelies were some sort of wild daisy or what have you.
Nope! They are strawberries! Plentiful, plentiful strawberries! The fruit is just starting to form on a few of the plants and already I can see some nibble marks from our forest friends but I'm sure I'll find a few fruits in the next few weeks to snack on myself.
This reminds me that sometimes the simple answer is the correct one. I really didn't think that I would be so lucky as to have wild strawberries growing, but there they are, and I'm pleased as punch :)
Adding to the (fruit!) punch...
I was also wrong about the "wild roses". Thorns? Check! Rose looking leaves? Check! Rose-buddy looking growths? Check! Turns out they are actually wild raspberries. Again, I'm sure the forest creatures will chow down on them before I get a chance to (they wake up earlier) but I'm super happy to have them growing wild in the garden.
A gardening pal also pointed out a Jack in the Pulpit growing near our deck. I may dig him up and move him to a safer location.
Planted my first hydrangea this weekend. I love love love this perennial and will do what I have to to the soil to keep it coming up blue (keeping the soil on the acidic side, versus alkaline which produces pink blooms). I threw leaves and a banana peel in the whole and also used leaves a mulch. Go hydrangea! Go!
Also purchased a potted geranium for the porch. Rich rich velvety red. Lush and dramatic, just like your momma!
What makes these 2 purchases even sweeter is that I used cash I made from selling my homemade jewelry. What a great feeling!
The irises are coming up around the edges of the pond. Should be another week before they peek out from the greenery. I cut back a lot of bramble around the pond and carved out a more comfortable walking path. Love my loppers! Once I get started cutting it is hard to stop! I think there are more rasberries growing around the pond but I don't think they get enough light to bear any fruit.