Finally, finally, this morning I picked the first ripe strawberries and exquisitely fragrant sweet peas. I admit I have just three stems of sweet peas flowering, and a handful of truly red berries...but I can't remember every being so happy to pick a couple of flowers and berries.
It seems like we've been waiting forever for our gardens to come along this year, but startlingly, after all the rain and cold, this harvest is only about two weeks late....the garden rarely yields up sweet peas or berries I before mid-June. I'd forgotten how profoundly delicious and satisfying a red-clear-through-the-middle strawberry is, let alone how wonderful a sweet pea smells.
As I fought my way through the slugs and snails to pick these treasures, I gave thanks for all the rain and enough sun to push flowers and berries to fruition. I wasn't sure it'd happen this year!
So - here's the proof, such as it is -