Thursday, 4 October 2012

Sweet Surprise

The weather was too good to stay inside the house so I decided to go for a short walk and visit the local public gardens.  I read from the notice board that the gardens were put in place in the 1930's and stood on the grounds of what once was a Tudor Lodge.  The gardens were quite formal and although some salvaged materials from the house were scattered about the garden, most of it looked concrete to me. 

The rose gardens were rather unremarkable and a murky pond was overcrowded with water lily pads that were cup shaped and above the water line, rather than lying flat on the water.

The formal, and somewhat unkempt gardens did little to inspire me until I made a discovery on the ground beneath my feet.  I saw alpine (or wild) strawberries for the first time ever.  Such a sweet surprise!  They make the most wonderful ground cover and I can see them making an appearance in my garden one day.

13 comments:

A garden just outside Venice said...

Such a lovely discovery!
Have a good weekend x

Paula said...

We have quite a few wild strawberry plants in our small back garden and if not cut back once in a while they will take over, they do make a lovely border though.

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Mine too, they do look lovely. :)
Your photo is like one from a fairytale book!
Vivienne x

Rosie said...

How lovely, Simone! They were just waiting for you to pass by and notice them:)

rusty duck said...

They do make good ground cover. I have them on the steep bank, and will be leaving them there so I don't have to weed that bit of it! I wonder if you can eat the fruit?

KC'sCourt! said...

Sweet Alpine Strawberries can be eaten!
They are gorgeous and sweet!
Julie xxxxxxx

Helen Philipps said...

Oh they are so beautiful, Simone! Your photo is gorgeous....it makes me want to go and embroider some alpine strawberries now :)
Helen x

Toffeeapple said...

You did eat them I hope?

greenthumb said...

How pretty they are, my new little puppy would love them.

gillyflower said...

How lovely to find some almost missed beauty there after all - if you have the eye for it like you do - I wonder how many others missed those.
Hope you have a lovely weekend Simone
Gill xx

Lisa said...

Inspiration can come from all sorts of places, the wild strawberries are lovely.
When I worked for Wedgwood this was the name of one of the giftware ranges!
Lisa x

wherethejourneytakesme said...

How pretty they are - like little bright red Autumn berries - I never realised you could use them for ground cover - do you think they would grow in woodland or do they need plenty of sun?

Ann said...

You don't have to ask these little Strawberries twice into your garden Simone. Once there they want to take over the whole garden and they are so delicious its really hard to make yourself pull them out!