Earth Boxes, Wild Strawberries & Baby Fig Trees

Wild strawberries are just about through fruiting for the year.

Wild strawberries are just about through fruiting for the year.

The invasive, tasteless Indian strawberries seem to fruit all season.  Their job seems to be to take over the wild strawberries' habitat, and they are doing a good job of it, unfortunately.

The invasive, tasteless Indian strawberries seem to fruit all season. Their job seems to be to take over the wild strawberries’ habitat, and they are doing a good job of it, unfortunately.

The rain has been so dependable that I haven’t had to water anything yet this year.  Both the things I planted and the wild things I didn’t are thriving.

We have been eating salad from our Earth Boxes for several days.  All of the lettuces are going strong.  I did have to pull up the radicchio because it bolted and turned too bitter.  It certainly was beautiful, though.

The patio tomatoes are fruiting, and the bell peppers have little peppers on them.

I planted cilantro and marigolds in two empty Earth Boxes.  I also have green clumping onions planted in one.

I have put off doing anything with the square foot gardens because my heart is just not into it.

Lettuce

Lettuce

Life is in a holding pattern until our next trip, it seems.  🙂

Little Gem lettuce starting to head.

Little Gem lettuce starting to head.

Baby romaine

Baby romaine

Patio tomatoes in Earth Box

Patio tomatoes in Earth Box

Baby  bell peppers

Baby bell peppers

 

The cold spring killed the fig trees, but new shoots are coming up from the base of the trees.

The cold spring killed the fig trees, but new shoots are coming up.

 

 

 

Roses, Antique Mall, Wild Strawberries & the Uke

My Mother's Day roses

Not only were my Mother’s Day roses beautiful, but they also have that sweet, old time rose fragrance.  I bury my nose in them every time I pass them.  I think these were the prettiest roses I’ve ever received.  They were beautiful before they opened, but I like them even better now.

After my dental appointment today, we stopped by the antique mall.  I was looking for a

Aren't they gorgeous? 🙂

very special teacup and saucer to pamper myself with.  I didn’t find any teacups I liked, but I saw these mugs and I was smitten.  I love old fashioned romantic rose patterns.  Drinking my morning coffee in these will be a real pleasure.

When I got home, I walked around the perimeter of our property and found the wild strawberries and Indian strawberries are ripe.  The wild strawberries have an exquisite flavor.  The Indian strawberries are edible, but tasteless.

Almost ripe wild strawberries

Indian strawberry -- beautiful but tasteless

Unfortunately, the Indian strawberries are thriving and spreading, but the wild strawberries seem to be losing ground.  There aren’t as many plants this year as there have been in previous years.

About the ukulele — I am getting really weary of playing scales and songs like Are You Sleeping and Wildwood Flower.  I’m mixing in some chording and playing by ear to keep from getting too bored.

But I really need the practice reading notes, so I’ll finish plowing through this book.  Then I can start the fingerpicking book, which should be a lot of fun.

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