Overnight, the temperature plunged, and today dawned cool and clear, yee-haw!!

I got up early and weeded the carrots and poked around in the garden a bit, then Dan and I were off to pick strawberries at my favorite local spot, Fairwinds Farm, on the shores of Merrymeeting Bay.

The berries are amazing this year. Big beautiful, shiny tart sweet jewels, more precious than rubies, and fortunately, much more affordable, as Dan and I picked 70 pounds(!) in less than 1 1/2 hours. And ate a few, too. Wow.

We saved the prettiest berries (seen above) for delicious eating later today over champagne with our friends Karen and Bill. We’ll enjoy more over the next few days, but most of the rest are already in the freezer, for a taste of Maine summer all winter long (and believe me, it is damn long).

Other scenes from the garden today:

The clematis bloomed. It came with the house, but is maybe a Jackmanii? The house is butter yellow, btw, I need to read about why my camera washes out the yellow so badly. I love the yellow house with the purple clematis.

Flaxflower I started from seed our first year in the house, with my new Gold Flame Spirea, purchased at the Bowdoinham Plant Sale. In a few years when this new bed fills out it will look marvelous!

A gorgeous clematis at my friend Karen’s. She has a gorgeous woodland garden at the back of her house.


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