Strawberries and patio container garden

Strawberries still trickling in, and today I picked first 3 of Cabot variety. You can see how much larger they are comparing to Tristar. Unfortunately my wish for rain was translated into 3 day torrential deluge and everything is very watery tasting and not too sweet. I think next year I will remove Tristar from the enclosed garden and keep only Cabot. We did pick few more blueberries from early bush, but groundhogs are our main competition. 
Also this week I ordered bunch of new things for my patio garden - 5 new rose bushes; got two hibiscus and 3 columnar apples from JUNG Seed company. The ones I ordered were:
23726Fragrant Plum Grandiflora Rose
24080Paradise Hybrid Tea Rose
24245Q2 - Twilight Zone Grandiflora Rose
24395Ebb Tide Floribunda Rose
30485Golden Sentinel Columnar Apple
30490Northpole Columnar Apple
30495Scarlet Sentinel Columnar Apple
So when it all arrived, I planted them out on the patio in containers. We're thinking of redoing our entire patio and since I can't keep anything edible growing due to groundhog and raccoon, I'm planting a lot more flowers. I do hope that raccoon don't go for apples once they start producing, but that's at least 3-4 more years. We have 3 apple trees in the back yard already and animals have been a problem each and every year. So I do hope the ones on patio will be "ours" without too many animal issues. For now they're tiny sprigs, joining roses, few hot pepper plants, 1 winter squash (will see if it makes it) and onions/chives containers. Blueberries were moved to a second patio to be near citrus and fig. 
And we had a visitor again - our baby bear was back. He really is very small and acts like a puppy. I really feel bad for him, as he's not quiet ready to be on his own and he's clearly very hungry. 


  1. Those strawberries look so good! Mine are just starting to ripen but they look nowhere near as large as those Cabots - they are huge! And you certainly do have quite the collection of plants for your patio - I'm sure it will be fabulous!

  2. I hope your strawberries will ripen soon. And I'm looking forward to playing with designs for new patio :)