Straw-mendous Strawberry Jam

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If I was to pick just one jam to take away to a desert island (or should that be dessert island!), it would be strawberry. I adore it. It peps up my porridge in winter, the jewel on the crown of a cream tea, essential for a Victoria sponge and who would say no to simple strawberry jam sandwich? And whats more its dead easy to make, virtually makes itself. The varieties we have in our strawberry patch are a mix of ‘Cambridge Favourite’, ‘Florence’ and an everbearer ‘Albion’. ‘Florence’ are my favourites. They are a lovely big mid-season strawberry, dark red all the way through. The plant is large and bushy and hold their fruits high but also disguising them from foe.
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Bountiful. A review of the season (so far…)

Forgive me, I’ve hardly blogged about the plot this summer. Recent weather aside (it’s a wet and windy Saturday afternoon as I write this), it’s a been a glorious summer and to be honest with you, we’ve just been so busy enjoying it down 18a. After a unseasonable cool start to the season full of worry whether we would ever get any kind of crop going, we approach the end of the growing season with a bumper crop of unexpected allotment loveliness. After a rather crappy first 6 months of 2013 for myself personally, the allotment and the abundance of nature there have helped me overcome my blues and banish my little rain clouds. So what’s been going on down 18a? Well let’s see…
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Strawberry Flowers forever…

Strawberry Flower by Crafty Garden Hoe
Strawberry Flower, a photo by Crafty Garden Hoe on Flickr.

All of a sudden the Strawberry bed has sprung into life. The lovely little flowers emerging here and there. I can’t help but think that maybe their a little early this year? In 2010 with the late May frost that caught many of us out up the allotments we lost all our first flush of strawberries. With the frost turning those delicate flower centres black. Strawberry flowers I’ve often taken for granted in the past. It’s not until you stop and bend down for a closer look you can appreciate their beauty.