Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Alaskan Strawberries. Finally.

Alaskan StrawberriesI'm not sure which is more incredible--the large bowl of strawberries I picked from my garden yesterday or the sunshine you see all around. This summer is working to be the coldest in Anchorage history with fewer days below 65 than any previously recorded year and yesterday was the first day I remember waking up to sunshine since May. Funny how a little sunshine makes everything better.

Needless to say it's played havoc with my garden and my strawberries are only just coming on though despite this I think I'm going to plant another strawberry bed in the back yard (away from the moose) because my strawberries have done so well--even these guys.

Mutant Alaskan Strawberries
Here are the ones that win the day's Mutant Alaskan Strawberry prize--I suppose that's what I get for dumping that radioactive waste into the compost pile.

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24 comments:

AlaneM said...

Yummy, send some to me please...mine were a dud this year :(

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

I love the little old man strawberries! Too bad they won't keep - you could send them to Saxton Freeman and Joost Elffers -- they'd be famous!

M

ames said...

Heh, they look like molars. Tasty molars though. I have that same bowl too!

Damselfly said...

What a beautiful crop!

Maddy said...

Huh! Gives a new meaning to 'organic.'
Cheers

Derick and Becky said...

Those strawberries are so funny looking! Yeah! You got some sunshine!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

I feel so bad that you're having a crummy summer. Our June was like that, and I'm still recovering from the fright.

Love your strawberries -- ALL of them. I could show you a few crazy carrots from my gardens of yore. Mutant vegetables.

Guinevere Meadow said...

I just adore strawberries!!

The sun really can make a difference in one's mood. I've heard it said that in places where there is less sun, there is higher incidence of people with depression and other emotional disorders.

White Hot Magik said...

Ohh, strawberries are really hard to grow here in the desert. You need lots of shade and water. Those look yummy even the mutant ones. Oddly enough I have a mutant or blessed vegetable on my blog today too.

Doll Clothes Gal said...

Wow - they sure look yummy. Funny shapes though!

Jennifer said...

I like the ugly ones myself. Sometimes I even find ones like this in the ones I buy at the store.

The Random Muse said...

Where's global warming when you need it?

Man do those look good - even the weird mutant ones. We've killed our last three batches of strawberry plants before they had a chance to produce.

Tammy and Parker said...

I think there is just something about growing them yourself that makes them taste better.

SarahHub said...

You picked these from your own garden??? Cold days or not, it sounds like Paradise to me!

MoziEsmé said...

Radioactive waste? Coming from Alaska I (almost) believe you! Those do look yummy - I wish mango season would kick in soon so I could stop being jealous.

Valerie said...

Those strawberries remind me of that food artist- has some children's books, I think?
What a blessing to have your own strawberries!
:)

Daisy said...

Mutants are so fun! Well, they're fun until we eat them.

laughingatchaos said...

I'd love to share our heat with you. Tomorrow we're going to break a 107 year record of days above 90 degrees. Not only are we going to break it, it's going to shatter with a large crash and reverberate for several more days. I figure the weather will break and it'll rain the day the patio guy comes to start work on the backyard.

Kristin & Jeff said...

Hello from a fellow Alaskan. Im in Fairbanks. Someone who was participating in the Bloggy Giveaway sent me your way! I love your strawberries. I can't wait to pick some blue berries! :) Its been horrible weather up here - rainy and cold. Last summer was my first summer up here and I got spoiled! However, it will be my third winter!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Those look scrumptious, especially the mutants!

lapa37 said...

Those sure are some funny looking strawberries.On another note I wish I was complaining that it was to cold. Here in NC it has been 90 degrees and above.For far to long with no end in sight.

Alice Wills Gold said...

I lived in Alaska for a summer as a kid. Tatitlek to be exact....how I wish I could have some Salmon berries.

John said...

Strawberry fields forever, is my favorite fruit.

Janet said...

I accidentally grew strawberries the first year I was in Kentucky. We didn't know they were there. There were tons and they were huge. I haven't tried any here. We don't have much sun. I'm trying some peppers and a watermelon in what appears to be the sunniest spot. If they do well, we'll do some more next year.