Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day: 'Just Add Cream'
Veg Plotting's Blooms Day would be incomplete without the occasional foray into Grow Your Own flowers, so I'm pleased to bring you my 'Just Add Cream' strawberry plants for this month's floral focus.
This is a relatively new variety from Thompson & Morgan's own breeding programme, who also provided me with a few plants to try in 2017. Naturally I've given them a tough time by
I'm growing these at home instead of on the allotment where VP Gardens demands food plants look attractive as well as being productive. Apparently pink flowered strawberries have proved rather bland and unproductive in the past, but this variety is bucking those particular trends.
It's an everbearer strawberry which means the crop is spread over many months in the summer/autumn instead of a few weeks around June. The number produced each week per plant may be smaller but this is more than offset by the longer cropping period. Everbearers are my strawberry of choice and these have the best flavour of those I've grown so far.
The only problem I have is the pesky pigeons and squirrels love them too. My challenge for 2019 is to ensure there is more of the crop for us rather than the garden's wildlife. The first task in this strategy is to get some more plants so I can double my cropping potential for next year.
Then over the winter I can start to think about protective measures which look attractive rather than utilitarian. Do you have any suggestions which may help?
Garden Bloggers' Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.