Friday, June 29, 2007


Overnight, the temperature plunged, and today dawned cool and clear, yee-haw!!

I got up early and weeded the carrots and poked around in the garden a bit, then Dan and I were off to pick strawberries at my favorite local spot,
Fairwinds Farm, on the shores of Merrymeeting Bay.

The berries are amazing this year. Big beautiful, shiny tart sweet jewels, more precious than rubies, and fortunately, much more affordable, as Dan and I picked 70 pounds(!) in less than 1 1/2 hours. And ate a few, too. Wow.

We saved the prettiest berries (seen above) for
delicious eating later today over champagne with our friends Karen and Bill. We'll enjoy more over the next few days, but most of the rest are already in the freezer, for a taste of Maine summer all winter long (and believe me, it is damn long).

Other scenes from the garden today:

The clematis bloomed. It came with the house, but is maybe a Jackmanii? The house is butter yellow, btw, I need to read about why my camera washes out the yellow so badly. I love the yellow house with the purple clematis.

Flaxflower I started from seed our first year in the house, with my new Gold Flame Spirea, purchased at the Bowdoinham Plant Sale. In a few years when this new bed fills out it will look marvelous!

A gorgeous clematis at my friend Karen's. She has a gorgeous woodland garden at the back of her house.


Tracy said...

Ali: Look at all those luscious strawberries! I would say your clematis looks like a Jackmannii. Even though it's an old variety, it's definitely one of my favorites.

Sugarcamp said...

My wild clematis is very much the same color but the flowers are much smaller. Your flaxflowers are beautiful. I hope the strawberries are sweet and flavorful. Coming back from Louise's a few weeks ago ,I picked up a pint of strawberries at a farm stand. They were lovely to look at but not very sweet.

meresy_g said...

Wow. Serious berries. OUr strawberries have been over for a little while now. I miss them already.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for biscquit recipe and for inspiring us to go berry picking! : )

Gentle Palm's gardener, Portia, said...

Lovely berries! 70 pounds is a lot of berries - you deserve to enjoy them in the winter if you are willing to do that kind of work now. Love the garden sink too - what a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Your gorgeous photos inspired us to go picking ourselves. Hah, and I thought 10 pounds was a lot for the two of us!