"One of the most delightful things about a garden is the anticipation it brings."

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Strawberries and Ladybugs.

The day the littlest gardener has waited for has finally arrived.  The strawberries have begun ripening.
She looked through each plant to see what she could find.

There were several big strawberries ready to be picked.

Her cup filled with 4 whole strawberries, and she was very proud of them.

The ladybug scared her at first, she's never had one just land on her hand.  She let me take a picture and then wanted it to "go find it's family."

Wouldn't it be nice if life was so simple all the time?  She reminds me to appreciate the little things in life, like the first fresh strawberries and ladybugs landing on my hand.
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28 comments:

  1. Your little girl is so precious and looks so proud of her berries. It's fun to watch them experience such delights as the lady bug.

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  2. When I enlarge the picture of the littlest gardener holding her cup of 4 strawberries, it all looks even more precious. And I can see her pink Hello Kitty boots!

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  3. What fun memories you are creating, and keeping a record of on your blog! I bet she enjoyed those strawberries!

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  4. Catherine, that littlest gardener is too cute. And keep in mind that it's not so silly after all. The best things in life are the simple pleasures.

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  5. Those strawberry plants are huge! Sweet little girl showing them off.
    Debbie

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  6. Nothing like a little child with berry stains on their hands. She is so adorable and has a real sweet spirit.

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  7. Your little one is adorable Catherine. I bet she did enjoy her strawberries.

    I enlarged the picture and noticed how good your tomato plant looked. Do you have problems with tomato caterpillars? I have to check mine everyday now. So far I have pulled off at least 5.

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  8. That picture of your daughter is SO cute and sweet! How fun that she loves gardening, too. And those are HUGE strawberries - you're doing something right!!

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  9. Wonderful post. Your daughter is so cute.

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  10. Wow I've never seen such large strawberry plants! How wonderful! What variety are they? Your daughter is adorable! -Jackie

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  11. Great Blog & photos! New blog on the Hx. of the Ladybug: http://historyoftheladybug.blogspot.com/

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  12. she is adorable...and those berries look yummy!! love the photo of the lady bug!

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  13. Mildred - Everything is so exciting when they're this little!

    Donna - She wears those boots with everything. As soon as I open the back door she's putting them on.

    Sue - It really is a great way to record memories. I'm terrible with photo albums, so this helps me to remember what was going on at the time.

    Prospero - You are right the best things in life are simple. Sometimes it's hard to remember though so it's good to have a reminder every now and then.

    Debbie - She just loved rummaging around in there.

    Anna - She had juice all down her chin. You might be able to see the chocolate chips stains on her dress too :)

    Susie - We really don't have an insects that bother the tomatoes. Every so often we have a bad year and they get blight, but otherwise they are pretty disease and pest free.

    Ginger - I don't think we've had this many big ones before, there are lots of really big green ones. Maybe it's a good year for strawberries.

    Sweet bay - Thanks!

    Jackie - All I know is they are everbearing. We started off with a few varieties and they all sort of grew and spread around so I've lost track. The everbearing type are the best I think.

    John - Thanks, it sounds like an interesting blog. I'll have to come by to visit.

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  14. Tootsie - Thanks! She was so surprised when it landed on her hand.

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  15. Themes of red, summer fun, and abounding cuteness today! I hope the berries were tasty and the ladybug found her way home. :)

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  16. She is adorable. Mmmm - that berry looks yummy! I can't wait to have fresh strawberries, too!

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  17. Catherine~~ It's evident in comparing this photo with your side photo that your wee one has sure grown. It takes me back to the innocence of my daughters and son. A simple time when elation came from the simplest of things. Well, I guess all is not lost. One of my teenagers asked if we could go berry picking tomorrow. :)

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  18. Really exciting stuff! I remember when I was that age, finding tasty stuff to eat in the garden was magic!

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  19. What a precious picture. She does look pleased. Mom gave us some strawberries last year and I didn't do anything with them - I'm sooooo slow. This spring Bob planted them in a small pot and by crackie they have pretty little pink blooms. We may get 3 or 4 ourselves. I'm afraid to plant them in the ground after hearing how much the rabbits like them. I told Bob maybe a big pot on the deck.

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  20. A delightful experience for both of you. I'll agree your little gardener sure is growing. Love the boots!

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  21. Just look at the smile on her face =)

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  22. Hi Catherine, I am glad you liked the surprise packages, it was a great idea from Anna who must be complimented on getting them all out each month.The surprises we find is what makes gardening so worthwhile, like the first strawberry or the tiny shoots pushing up from the ground at last. Your daughter looks so happy with her cache and learning to handle the ladybird is an experience which you have recorded for her.Happy gardening.

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  23. Awwww, you captured the sweetness of the moment wonderfully!

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  24. Oh Catherine, how sweet she looks ,and thank you for bringing back memories of fun in the garden with my two when they were small...

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  25. Karen - I hope I get to try one of the next berries, she was so proud of them. She had reserved them for her and her Dad :)

    Renee - It looked like there will be several more ready soon. It seems like we never have a whole lot ripe at once, just enough to sample while we're outside.

    Grace - Well, I bet you'll have lots of fun berry picking. It's a great time to visit. We have U-pick blueberry places around here and come home with bucketfuls.

    Matron - I remember the raspberry bushes we had and my sisters and I would be out there eating them all the time.

    Linda - Maybe you could make a little fenced off area like Keewee has to keep out the rabbits. We've grown them in pots before and had luck with them. Even just 3 or 4 is fun just for a treat.

    Darla - I realized how small they both are in that picture. Time sure flies as you know.

    Gittan - She's been waiting for red strawberries so she was very happy to finally have some to pick.

    Peggy - Thanks again! Both of my girls really help me to remember that I need to keep our life simpler and just enjoy the little things.

    Tina - She's so funny right now, she won't look at the camera. I guess the candid shots usually end up the best anyway.

    Lanny - Thanks :)

    Julie - I'm lucky to get to do this all again since they are 8 years apart. It's been really fun especially since my 10 year old is starting to grow up :(

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  26. Yum. Fresh strawberries. I would be waiting right along with her. She's so precious. Kids are really great for keeping us focused on what's really important.

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  27. Your littlest gardener is such a great one in your life! Such a sweetheart! The strawberries look as fresh as her smile!

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