Strawberry flowers

Tri-star strawberries from Raintree nursery are starting to flower.
Tri-star strawberries from Raintree nursery are starting to flower.

We walk the grounds every few days, anxiously checking the perennials for signs of life.  I’m always a little nervous about whether or not each plant will bounce back after a New England winter.  What’s amazing to me is how broad the date range is.  The honeyberries have already finished flowering, whereas the grapes have done little to reassure me.  They are just brown twigs, with no signs of life at all.  The strawberries are somewhere in the middle.  Last weekend, there was one bud on last year’s alpine strawberries.  Alpine’s are exceptionally hardy.  I was relieved this weekend, however, to see dozens of blooms on our tri-stars.  These are traditional, June bearing plants.  After that initial burst of fruit though, they’ll continue fruiting on and off through the summer and into the fall.

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