FOTD – May 6 – Wild Strawberries and Day Lilies

Long ago, when we were first planting the front garden, I bought a couple of pots of wild strawberries. They actually make strawberries. Very tiny, very sweet, and usually the birds and chipmunks get them before I get an opportunity. I ate two strawberries over the years. One each during two seasons.

Now, there are wild strawberries all over the garden. The flowers are red — or maybe dark fuchsia — and they have spread out randomly all over the garden.

Meanwhile, Owen is rebuilding the back garden. He started by putting an ad on the “free stuff” page online and told people to come and get as many day lilies as they could dig up and take home with them. I collected all our day lilies by digging them up from along the road, vacant lots, and the edge of the woods. From that dozen or so, we now have hundreds of day lilies, it was nice to pass them along. The day lilies grow wild all over New England, so all you need is a spade and a bucket and you too can create a magical day lily environment.


Categories: Flowers, Gallery, Gardens, lily, Photography, wildflowers

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12 replies

  1. Very good and beautiful day lilies, Marilyn.


  2. Oh how beautiful the day lilies are! 🧡


    • They are. They aren’t even native to this region but were imported at some point during the 1800s from Tibet or maybe Mongolia (I actually have forgotten, ouch). They love New England and they have become one of the most beautiful and common wildflowers. They grow everywhere there’s a bit of dirt and some sunlight. They had sort of overrun our gardens and it was time to thin them down. I was actually shocked at how many people showed up for free day lilies. I just went around the property the road with a little spade and a bucket and dug them up and moved them into the garden. After that, they grew like mad and have taken over both gardens to the point where there no room for anything else.

      Owen decided what with Mother’s Day coming up, I could use a garden that didn’t look so neglected. He was really please that other people came and dug up the lilies and he didn’t have to do it himself 🙂

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  3. Oh I really like your photos for today. Thanks 😀


    • We are in the process of rebuilding the backyard garden. I’d love to do the front, but it’s difficult for both Owen and I to navigate the garden. It’s built up on big stones and there’s no way to get firm footing there. In the back, though, it’s not only flat, but the soil is good. You just have to work around the boulders.


  4. That is so odd – all of the wild strawberry flowers I have seen are white. Growing up we had tons of them, and I have a few in my yard in NH and a lot on the Cape. Two years ago I did eat two strawberries before the birds got them, but I got zero last year.
    A few years ago we tried to grow domestic strawberries. We put netting over the plants. By the time the strawberries were ripe, the squirrels already knew exactly how to get into the netting. We got zero. And in 25 years I think I have had one blueberry off of the bushes in our yard that are pressed up against the woods…


    • We have acres of blackberries. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten one but i’m sure the birds are happy for all that fruit — and the thorns don’t seem to bother them. I’m glad I’m not the only one having problems with getting any of the berries. We have very clever squirrels! And chipmunks. And birds.

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