We've been away for about 10 days, visiting our daughter down in Florida. I spent the week prior to our departure trying frantically to get all the plants in the ground (and I mostly succeeded at that!), then I just chilled out on the trip, enjoying the fruits of other people's labor as I noticed beautifully blooming plants or oohed and aahed over vegetable gardens that we passed.
When we got back home, our gardens had outdone themselves in growing while we were gone. For better and for worse, the growth spurt included weeds - lots and lots of weeds - so I have a lot to do before I feel like I have a handle on everything again. Thankfully our weather is fairly cool, especially compared to the last several years, so I'm not fighting unbearable heat when I'm outside working.
I had assumed that I would be jumping into battle with the weeds as soon as I got home...but our garden had a different plan for me. Thankfully, we thought to go out and check on the strawberry patch before starting any other projects - and, lo and behold, it was just jam-packed with ripe strawberries. There were plenty of over-ripe berries, too, but even after throwing those away, we were left with just over 10 pounds of strawberries, seen here ready to go into the kitchen! (Yes, a lot of the green you see outside of the strawberry bed is composed of weeds, but that's work for another day.)
We ended up with a delicious mid-afternoon gorge on freshly made strawberry shortcake, plus 2 trays of individually frozen, sugar dipped whole strawberries and about 8 1/2 cups of strawberry puree. Mmmm-Mmmm, good!
NOW I'm ready to start on all that weeding!