Thursday, July 30, 2015

Harlem Alpines

The Alpine strawberries keep strawberrying. Luckily, the squirrels are not interested in them, despite their strong and delicious perfume (the strawberries', not the squirrels'). If you have the space for a long row, plant them, and gather more than my twice-weekly breakfast handful from three small, six-inch pots.

Two of these tough little plants survived our last winter, and one grew from seed, from last year's dropped fruit. They were puny in April and are now plush and prolific (p-p-p-p!).

Off topic: Tomorrow is the last day to enter the giveaway of my book on Amazon (call it a goodbye Harlem, hello Brooklyn gesture). There will be two winners. If you are a US resident, head over there if you'd like to try your luck.

[Update: whoops, both prizes have been claimed - that was quick. Hopefully I can do another in the fall.]


  1. My strawberries haven't been doing too well this year. I think it's been to hot and dry. Next year (there's always a next year for gardeners) I'll have to try Alpines!

  2. I always enjoy seeing your photos. Your strawberry heart arrangement is adorable!

  3. Leslie in OregonJuly 30, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    While we don't get enough sun for most fruit and vegetable plants, wild alpine strawberries grow all over our large yard, producing fruit only where there is the most sun. To me, they are incomparably delicious, and yours look particularly scrumptious. With hope that your arranging and photographing them in a heart mean that you are feeling a bit better, Leslie

  4. Hi Marie,
    A belated post to say how happy I am that you & the Frenchman have found a place back in Brooklyn and one with a real yard!
    I'm looking forward to reading about your move and next year, your next fabulous garden and harvest!
    Alpine strawberries, will look them up.
    Cheers and Good Luck with the move!

    in hot, sunny and Rudbeckia-laden


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