That's right, folks. Ours are just starting to blossom. Actually, despite the crazy, cold, wet, sunless weather we've been having, the strawberries are pretty close to being on schedule. I go by the rule of "a month from blossom to berry" and I noticed our first blossoms about a week ago. In a "normal" year (please define that if you can), we get our first ripe berries anywhere from July 1st to July 5th. So if all goes well, we should have berries to pick fairly close to that time this year.
When we lived in
As Roy and I were crawling along the rows picking berries, the very friendly man and woman were sitting in lawn chairs making conversation with us. The lady asked when I was due. I replied, "Today." The older gentleman jumped up and said, "Today?! Maybe you shouldn't be here. I mean . . . should you be picking berries? Do you feel okay? Why don't you come here and sit down. I'll pick the rest for you.”
I laughed and said I felt just fine and that if I weren't there picking berries I'd be out working in my own garden. (Matter of fact, my own parents drove the 55 miles to our house that afternoon to help process the berries and pick green beans in our garden. They, too, were sure I was "over-doing.")
As it turned out, I didn't give birth until July 5th, a whole three weeks later than my due date. And, yes, I do honestly believe I carried that (not-so) little bundle inside me for nine and three-quarters months. Even the delivering doctor said she looked like a month-old baby when she finally decided to make her emergence into the outside world.
How did I get off on that jag? Guess it's something I associate closely with strawberries.
Anyway, it does seem strange to me that some of you folks out there are well into and even coming to the close of your strawberry picking, preserving and eating season when we are still waiting to see the first little green berries begin to form. Just want you to know that the pictures you've been posting of your luscious berries have been driving me nuts!