Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A Gift

A few weeks ago I received a package in the mail from Marie.  I have been following her very lovely blog, 66 Square Feet,  for about a year.  It's about gardening on her terrace and roof, travel and living well. She also writes on food and cooking here  and is the kibble sponsor for the Cat.

In several of her posts she'd written about her Fern strawberries (an everbearing variety) and I started searching for them with no luck.  I mentioned it to her in one of her posts and she offered to send me some of her offspring.  It was such a lovely gesture and I more than eagerly accepted.  So, she packed them up and they arrived here a few days later.

I am really amazed how well they took to their transatlantic flight.  I just soaked them in water for a few hours, clipped the yellow leaves, planted them in organic soil and kept them out of direct sun for the first few days.  The current planters are temporary and I haven't decided yet if they are going in the ground or in a new planter.  They produce runners and I am already fighting the raspberries.  I can't even begin to tell you how anxiously I am awaiting the first blossoms and the fruit that will follow.  I will keep you up to date on their progress.

Thanks again Marie.


  1. Please do keep us posted about their progress. It is always so much fun to share plants with each other.

  2. ditto Sherri, I'm dying to see how these go. I have had the.worst.luck.ever. with strawberries here in Germany. Not that the recent cool weather has been doing any wonders for the floral seedlings I ran this year, grrr...

    I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

  3. What a sweet gift! Good luck with them, but I'm sure you'll pamper them up to pretty fruits. Please keep us updated... :-)
    x. Tesca

  4. Good luck! Some of last year's 'daughters' still here have not bloomed so may do so only later year :-(

    The yellow leaves are interesting, as they had none when they left. I guess they did not like being bare root in their dark box.

  5. Marie - I am sure that the yellow leaves are travel related. They have already rooted well and are producing new leaves. No flower buds yet, but I am not giving up hope. No matter though, they still make me smile every time I look at them.


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