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    Posted: 10 December 2015 at 00:25
I just had to share.
Eight jars of jam already too.

Do you all feel warmer now?
Some of the plants are ten years old now, and the new ones are all their descendants. I believe they have also cross pollinated with the wild strawberry I encourage to grow in the hedgerow. The fruit is smaller than supermarket and somehow more 'strawberry' coloured - if that makes sense. I have trusted Mr Nikon to deliver true colour to you.
as you can see they are a bit lumpy in places and quite seedy, but Grumpo's Grand-kids don't mind one bit!
There are also three plants outside the bird netting for Mrs Blackbird and her young-un's. Seems to stop her digging under the netting which she and Mr B are very good at.
Most of the fruit are about 1". I believe that is a very natural size.
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Ah, that's right...it's early summer there isn't it?
I always look forward to those first strawberries of the season.
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   I'll be looking forward to strawberry season...looks delicious!
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They look delicious. At my previous residence I used to have the wild strawberries growin, but never had any. Our Dog used to eat them as soon as they were ripe.
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   At my old house I'd grow strawberries to feed the squirrels.  They would take a bite out of each and every strawberry as it became ripe. Oh well...wasn't the first time I grew something to feed to the animals
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Those are beautiful, Anne ~

I am going to have to take good care of the plants I have this coming spring - and perhaps make room for more.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote pitrow Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 January 2016 at 15:25
Originally posted by Effigy Effigy wrote:

  The fruit is smaller than supermarket and somehow more 'strawberry' coloured - if that makes sense. I have trusted Mr Nikon to deliver true colour to you.
as you can see they are a bit lumpy in places and quite seedy, but Grumpo's Grand-kids don't mind one bit!


Makes absolute sense to me. Around these parts the "king" of strawberries is a variety called Hood (named after the mountain I'm guessing), they look exactly like the ones in your picture. Rather small, bright red, and often misshaped. However, they are excellent eating! The only catch is they don't last long. The window for picking them is about 3 weeks and they don't last more than a couple days once picked, which is why you'll never see them in a supermarket. To get them you need to go to a field and pick them yourself, or the ones the farmer has picked that morning. Luckily there's fields everywhere here. Anyway, compared to these the things they call strawberries in the supermarket are almost pink in color, if not still white, and mostly devoid of flavor. Hopefully the couple of plants I planted last year survived the winter and will produce some for me this year.
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It is possible to buy the seeds of wild strawberries,search online, I am sure they are available.
I grew some about 30 years ago, a lot of work to pick, but the flavor is nothing like the store bought stuff.
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Gorgeous strawberries Anne. 

Speaking of wild strawberries, they are quite a bit smaller and have a matte texture and are  pale red wine color, lighter than a rasberry.  

Advice:  Do  not buy red orange colored strawberries, as they are not natural.  They are GMO. 

Growing wild strawberries could be wonderful .. 

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