I allow these alpine strawberries to grow in amongst the other plants in my garden, rather than having them in rows together. It’s more natural looking that way and the birds seem to leave them alone. Sometimes I stumble across a strawberry plant which I didn’t even know was there whilst I’m weeding. They’ve sort of gone a bit wild, they may be really wee but to me they taste really delicious, especially compared with the big fat strawberries which you get in most supermarkets. They look sumptuous but they’re often such a disappointment as they’re pretty tasteless.
As you can see, I try to squeeze as much into my garden as possible, I’m also not very good at cutting things back. I get into a terrible mess sometimes, well the plants do because I say to myself – I’ll prune it after it flowers, and then when it flowers I’m saying I’ll just let the birds have the berries.
There are several shrubs shoehorned in, the bright yellow climbing one is a golden hop. The original plant doesn’t seem to have survived the winter but several bits of it have ‘hopped’ elsewhere, and they are doing fine.
The perenial sweet peas have been in the garden since we moved here over 23 years ago and they are a bit of a menace because they pop up all over the place like goose-grass and unfortunately this is the only colour that they come up in. The yellow flowering plant was a teeny wee bit of root which was given to me and I don’t know what it is but it’s very vigorous too and I’ve been trying to get rid of most of it because I think it’s strangling some plants.
I got my love of gardening from my dad and I think he probably wouldn’t have given my foxgloves space in his garden. He would almost certainly have regarded them as weeds but I love them and more importantly the bees adore them, so I just leave them to seed themselves, which they’re very happy to do.
Well that’s the latest meander around my garden over. I hope you enjoyed the wee stroll!