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heleninwales
heleninwales
Stop for a moment and...
...look outside to see how the wild strawberries are doing.

There haven't been as many this year. Either I've been mowing earlier or the dry spell we had a week or so ago didn't suit them. But they are now developing fruit. Unfortunately I only ever manage to eat one or two because the slugs tend to get them first!

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pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: June 29th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't mind.the birds so much, but.slugs? Hope.yiu.fet a few.more this year.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 30th, 2013 08:53 am (UTC) (Link)
If you look, a slug or some insect has been nibbling at the one in the photo. Unless a bird pecked it? But I would expect a bird to eat the whole berry, not just take a small bite out of it.
pickledginger From: pickledginger Date: June 30th, 2013 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have had birds peck at a berry then leave it (grr), but ants did a lot of nibbling at my old house. Too dry there for slugs.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: June 29th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm impressed by how large and sweet commercial strawberries have gotten over the years. It used to be that we would always eat them with sugar or cream, but now they're almost too sweet for that by themselves.

With just got new season strawberries here (in the middle of winter), but they're from Queensland.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: June 30th, 2013 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
You're right. I always felt strawberries needed a light sprinkling of sugar. Then you got the mingling of sweet and tart and the creaminess of the cream. These days they are much sweeter.
pennski From: pennski Date: June 30th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have some resolutely green strawberries this year. Some are half size, some are full size. If I look under the apple tree there may be some alpine ones but I suspect the slugs/ ants will have beaten me to them.

I haven't seen any ladybirds this year.
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: July 1st, 2013 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)
My strawberries have broken out of their pots and have gone rampant everywhere. And this year I have a bumper crop of tiny berries.
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