When we moved to our current house, we left behind a backyard with something like 10 hours of sunlight, a gorgeous iris bed, and a strawberry patch.
It took two years for our strawberries to get established, send out runners, and really produce. When I bought new strawberry plants to start a patch at our new house I figured I’d have to wait a while before we’d see anything.
But I was wrong.
Gardening is mostly scientific: pH and sunlight and fertilization. But there are (good and bad) surprises along the way, too. Like when your hearty zinnia dies for no good reason at all, or when an avocado tree sprouts in your compost.
Or when strawberries arrive a year before you expect them.
Update: I took these photos last week. Now all the strawberries are gone; seems the chipmunks were excited to see the berries, too.