As many of you may remember, I planted strawberry plants in early May. They were bare root plants and I watched as they grew beautiful green leaves, flowered and finally produced berries. I waited patiently for the berries to ripen and I have been enjoying luscious red berries for the last few weeks. I got everbearing plants. You don’t get a massive harvest all at once, but instead they trickle out over the summer. Not enough for jam, but perfect to put on your cereal every morning or to make strawberry shortcake.
Well this morning, when I was out with Fergus, I saw this…
I don’t know if you can see them in the photo, but they are hoof size. I suspect deer. Though I do not know. Deer sometimes pass through the yard, but they have never bothered my gardens before. Of course I never had strawberries before. Well, I hope they enjoyed them. They left a few leaves so I am hoping the plants will recover.
So it is not a total disaster. But the strawberry shortcake that was planned for today has been cancelled. 😞
Hopefully the blueberries will be ripe soon!