Summer Fruit

Did you know that strawberries are not berries at all?  What a shock this little known fact was to me!  It was even more of a shock when I found out that avocados and bananas are actually berries!  It’s true!  I read it on the Internet; therefore, it must be true!!!

Strawberries and raspberries aren’t really berries in the botanical sense. They are derived from a single flower with more than one ovary, making them an aggregate fruit. True berries are simple fruits stemming from one flower with one ovary and typically have several seeds.

Strawberries are not really berries, but watermelon, pumpkins, bananas, and avocados are. It’s ok. Take a few deep breaths.

On those cold dark December mornings when you don’t feel like getting out of bed or going into the garden to do some winter cultivating, just think about this picture and the result of tending the gardening, no matter the season.  There’s something that can be done every day.  So, if it’s raining or just too coldDSC_0554 a with logo, then just head over to Totally Tomatoes and check out their seed collection.  Maybe you feel like planting a peach tree.  H & H Nursery, in Lakewood, has a fabulous collection of bare root trees and blueberry bushes and roses.

So, I’m trying to take things out of my life that aren’t bearing fruit.  I can waste so much time doing everything except what I need to, so this winter I plan to get my strawberry-growing apparatus built.  This little handful of “berries” just won’t do.  The sweet taste of a ripe juicy peach from your own tree is worth throwing the covers back, putting on the gardening tool belt and heading outside.

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~ by joandayimages on July 3, 2014.

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