Right before we left for vacation our strawberries started to ripen. I bought three different kinds, Hood, Seascape and I can't remember the third one, because Jasper snagged the garden tag and no matter how many times I tried to remind myself to write it down somewhere else, like here, for example, I forgot.
They are going crazy! And they are so so so delicious. If you haven't ever tasted a strawberry from the garden or from a berry farm or your farmers' market, do it!! And what a fun crop for kids. Lily loves them and tries so hard to wait until they are really ripe to pick them. Jasper, well, at first I thought I was going to have to return him as my child, because the first few he picked, he tasted a tiny bite and then chucked the rest into the dirt. Ahhhhh!!!! I'm not sure what was wrong with him or his taste buds, but that phase didn't last long and now he's addicted too.
One bummer is that the majority of the berries will be ripe while we are on vacation, but the friends we have watching our house will get to enjoy them and I love sharing the harvest. Right before vacation we got to share our garden with cousin Sam, Aunt Tricia and Uncle Kevin. So. Much. Fun!!!!!!
We're in Ohio where it was 100 degrees yesterday and I'm having nightmares about all our plants withering in this heat...but wait! It's not 100 in Everett, WA! Still, it's hard for me to be away from the garden at this time of year. I just want to be out there every moment watering, fertilizing, picking fruits and veggies, breathing in the scents, and watching my plants bloom alongside my goofballs. But we are having a blast with family, old friends and new ones. And I can't wait to see what surprises await us in the garden when we return.