When Things Are Not What They Seem

I’ve mentioned a few times, and shared pictures of the little strawberry patch in my Sunset Garden.   I’ve been rather perplexed about their slow-seeming growth.  Admittedly, I know very little about growing strawberries, but when I am harvesting strawberries elsewhere, my plants at least should have had some kind of blossom on them.

Well, I was working over there the other day, and I kept glancing over at the strawberries, wondering if moving them caused them to not blossom this year when I spied something I hadn’t noticed before.  On the very tip of one of the plants, there WAS a blossom.  Only it was yellow, and didn’t look anything like a strawberry flower.  I rushed home, and checked in with google, only to confirm that I was, in fact, duped.   My strawberry plants were actually potentilla, and were actually a weed.

I immediately headed to the garden center where I picked up eight new herb plants and a rhubarb, and then I went over in-between raindrops to yank those imposters out and plant something useful.  I planted Thyme, Greek Oregano, Chocolate Mint, Lemon Balm, French Tarragon, Marjoram and two Parsley plants, along with a Red Rhubarb plant.  This is what that corner now looks like.

So while I’m a little bummed about not having the fresh strawberries, at least I was able to make lemonade out of the lemons and get some more herbs planted.

I also now have all kinds of sprouts where I didn’t have them before!   My Buttercup Squash in a cage has sprouted!

As has my Bush Baby watermelons!

My tomatillos are doing great and sporting their first flowers.

The pole beans are up and getting ready to do business!

And finally, I found baby tomatoes on my Besser Cherry plant.

All of the tomato plants over there are thriving, and I have now managed to give all of them a cage to climb on.  Pretty much it is now a matter of weed management over there.  I have seen several rabbits when I’m walking over to the gardens, but I have not noticed any damage yet to my garden, so perhaps they are contenting themselves with the dandelion and clover.

Tomorrow I’ll update the home garden, as there have, of course, been changes in the last week.