Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bowl full o' berries...

They tried to hide from me in the garden, but I saw them peeking out from under all that foliage and all those little white flowers!
See them there, being sneaky? But I'm smarter than they are, plus, my mouth was watering looking at those juicy, ripe berries. They're going to be breakfast tomorrow.
Look at this beautiful variegated leaf on the base of the Eureka lemon tree. It makes me so happy to see the pink tinge on that cream and green leaf. It may be a long road back, but it's coming right along. I'm going to fertilize it this week, too, to give it a little extra help.
This beauty is on the Carefree Beauty Rose bush - Katy Road. There are buds and blooms all over it.
This profusion of trumpets is my Crossvine that grows on the back fence...
...and way up into the neighboring oak tree! The fence is 6 ft tall, so you can tell how high those vines have climbed.

21 comments:

Caroline said...

How exciting - fresh strawberries! Mine don't look at all as nice. I am very hopeful for a decent Blackhawk black raspberry crop in summer, the vines are covered with buds!

obama precint said...

hey diana - your garden is on the intertubes! yummy strawberries and pretty flowers :)

Dirty Girl Gardening said...

very cool... love the strawberries. mine are just setting fruit now!

Diana said...

Caroline - Raspberries sound heavenly -- wish I could grow them but the deer would think I planted them for them!

Obama -- Thanks! Central Texas Gardener was so fun to shoot and they did a great job making it all look goodd.

Diana said...

Dirty Girl Gardening - Glad yours are setting fruit. With this weather, it won't be long now before you'll be looking for shortcake!

getgrounded said...

oh oh oh. I think I need to move to a house with more sunshine in the right spots so I can grow strawberries. Or maybe I'll just go to the farmers market this weekend...gotta have some!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

What a colorful bowl full of strawberries. You have so much color in your garden now. Fun to see.

Layanee said...

The strawberries remind me that I need to plant some. This year asparagus though so maybe next year! I adore the crossvine. I saw it over at Pam's also. Not one I can grow but I am enjoying yours.

Cindy, MCOK said...

I may yet plant strawberries, those look so good. I much prefer your tangerine crossvine to my native. Congrats on the lemon ... my variegated has also started putting out leaves. Next winter we'll coddle them!

Lancashire rose said...

Oh They look delicious and I bet they taste like real strawberries. Your daughter is lucky that she will get to know what a real strawberry tastes like. I'm glad your lemon tree is coming back to life. I also have 3 that are shooting although I doubt they will make fruit this year. Just in case I bought 2 more.

Jenny Peterson said...

Diana, I am so jealous!! I have a balcony with only morning sun so I can't really do edibles. You are so lucky!

Diana said...

GetGrounded - Well, the farmer's market will be the most reliable source!

Lisa - Yes, there is some color popping out in the garden and it's so exciting.

Layanee -- Strawberries are so fun to grow. Good luck with your asparagus. I don't have enough room for it, but love it fresh!

Cindy-- Get strawberries for sure - they are fun and easy. Well, I couldn't cover my lemon tree because it was way too big. But since we whacked all the dead stuff off it's not much more than a foot or two tall! Easy to cover now!!

katina said...

Holy Shamoley!

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose - Yes, my daughter loved picking strawberries straight from the garden herself and eating them right there on the spot. Still trying to get her to like tomatoes, though! Of course you had to buy 2 more citrus trees - just in case! I may have to do that as well and put them in pots.

Jenny - You can always pack a bag and make the drive down here (tee hee) to help us eat our veggies. Seems like I always have too much of something!

Katina - Yeah, that's kinda what I said when I realized how many there were hiding out there!

Carri said...

Oh my goodness I am so jealous of all of those strawberries!

Diana said...

Carri -- They were juicy but not as sweet as they get in the hot summer. Needed a smidge of sugar, but they were still darn good!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Strawberries & Roses, that's summer around here. They're both beautiful.

Diana said...

MMD - Every few days it seems like summer around here, then we get another nice cool snap - like last night, down to 43. Just wish we could have a few more 70's before we are stuck in the 80's and more!

LindaCTG said...

That is fabulous on the strawberries. Seems like you've posted on how to grow them, so will check out. And wow! Great story in the Statesman today. Good job. Oh, and thanks for the CTG link too.

Patrice said...

Those strawberries are so yummy and your garden is so colorful.

Diana said...

LindaCTG - Not sure why my berries are so happy, but I'm glad! They are very protected from cold. Thanks for story comments - happy to include CTG link - it's a great resource.

Patrice - The color is coming back into the garden, albeit slowly this year. I'm excited to finally see it.