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Flowers

~The rose has thorns only for those who would gather it.~ Chinese proverb

Today, along with my two oldest children, I collected some wild flowers from the nearby forest to add to our flower beds. It is my way of trying to entice the bees to spend time in my veggie garden and the view, needless to say, is beautiful.

Strawberries

When we moved into our home the backyard was completely overrun with vegetation from the neighboring forest, bamboo, which is still a problem in spots, and thorn bushes had become well established. In my process of purging the backyard from its previous owner I discovered that a tiny herb garden had been planted next to the back porch. I had actually found out by accident after I had dug up some chives that were hidden within a tangled mess of plant life. I decided to leave this small area alone and see what took shape. I’m glad that I did because one of the hidden treasures was a patch of strawberries.

I have always found it reasonably easy to grow strawberries. Aside from the chipmunks and slugs enjoying them as much as we do they seem to do alright in most of the weather conditions that we face and they make a nice addition to the corner of my wife’s herb garden. In fact nowadays our strawberries are looking pretty healthy. Every year we replace a few old plants with some new ones,…