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In the Pocket Handkerchief Garden: 25 June 2015

25/06/2015

The changes in the garden this week have been a lot more subtle.  I don’t have any new plants, and the netting has survived both the mowing of the lawn around it and what looks to be a bit of shoving by my feline interloper and we’ve had a happy week of watering, occasional weeding and staring. Lots of staring.

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden: Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

It’s become part of     the rhythm of our days over the last few weeks that every time we open the door we all go and stand and stare at the veggie garden.  First it was to watch for that very first tiny seedling in a big dark earth bed, a sign that all our planting and watering hadn’t been in vain, and then we watched them grow and grow and tried to figure out whether we’d grown weeds or something edible, and then as the strawberries flowered we watched the petals fall and big green strawberries begin to appear.

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden: Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

And now we’re at the really exciting part.  The new strawberry patch is just beginning to flower, but the more established patch is full of fruit, and it’s turning red.

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden: Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

Just in the last week we’ve watched a blush appear, a first tinge of pink spotted by the girls and announced with great cries of “the strawberries are ready!”.  And every morning we’ve been out inspecting each fruit, turning them slightly to get the sun, wondering whether today will be the day for the first harvest.

Well technically the first harvest was a cheeky robin who snuck off with half a strawb before we got the netting on and came back for the other half through a little hole in the netting.

The Pocket Handkerchief Garden: Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade life

I’ve been holding off and holding off and hoping that we pick them at the perfect moment and then today there were just a couple that were looking perfectly red and juicy all over.  Not enough for the whole family but this afternoon, while H was working from home and Pip and Elma were snoozing, I collected Kitty from her first settling in session at school.  It’s so rare for me to spend one on one time with my biggest girl and I really treasured the time walking back hand in hand, taking a little detour to the park, just because we could, and chatting about everything that she’d been up to during the afternoon.

And as we climbed up to our back garden to come in by the patio door we passed the veg beds and I knew that the first strawberries were something that I really really wanted to share just with the one child who has been most into the garden this year (if you discount Pip and his soil eating).  So we sat on the grass, reached inside the net for our treasure and sat and enjoyed them in the sunshine.  They were delicious – and there are many many more to come.

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  • Claire 25/06/2015 at 7:30 am

    Yummy! I bet they were delicious. I’m growing some in hanging baskets for the first time. I have lots of berries but no redness yet.

    • Carie 26/06/2015 at 9:10 pm

      fingers crossed they get red soon!

  • Mandycharlie 25/06/2015 at 10:12 am

    Oh the first strawberry of the summer, such a glorious event. One kitty will remember for ever.

    • Carie 26/06/2015 at 9:09 pm

      I hope so, it seemed the right way to celebrate anyway!

  • sally 25/06/2015 at 10:36 am

    Perfect, the first strawberries are always extra special.

    • Carie 26/06/2015 at 9:09 pm

      Definitely – and tasty too!

  • Kim 26/06/2015 at 1:03 am

    How lovely to share those first strawberries with Kitty, the first ones are always so special.

    Happy gardening!

    • Carie 26/06/2015 at 9:08 pm

      thank you – they do taste delicious when they’re straight from the plant don’t they!

  • heathermama 26/06/2015 at 7:11 pm

    yay for strawberries!!

    • Carie 26/06/2015 at 8:59 pm

      indeed indeed!

  • jackie 27/06/2015 at 4:50 am

    Nothing like the sweet taste of a warm strawberry…

    • Carie 28/06/2015 at 9:06 pm

      It’s bliss isn’t it – we had a harvest of nine today and they were delicious!