This New Member print is a signed digital print of my photograph Strawberry Time. Prints are made in archival inks on Epson Satin Photo Paper. This print is 9″ x 9″ and is matted with a pure white mat to fit a 12″ x 12″ frame.
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I let many things grow in my garden along with my chosen plants, and wild strawberries are one plant that grows all over, wherever it pleases. It’s fairly short, just a crown of leaves, sprouts and grows early and reliably from mid-May into June I find tiny sweet-tart berries. The leaves shade the ground and act as a natural mulch around taller plants, and their shallow root system doesn’t compete with plants like tomatoes, peppers and corn. Where beans, salad greens and root crops like beets and carrots are concerned I remove them so they don’t shade the shorter plants, but I usually transplant them elsewhere. They make a great ground cover, and the leaves persist even after the plants are done reproducing. One great benefit is that the bunnies and groundhog like the leaves—a lot—and will often choose the strawberry leaves over my garden plants.
Like all the edible berries that grow in my yard, they are great food for snacks right in the garden, or if I harvest enough I can make preserves or wild strawberry shortcake.
And in between I can photograph and paint them! That’s where this photo comes in. Within reason (and space in my home) I keep a number of just interesting props on hand for such events. A collecting friend with a vintage store, knowing how I love blue willow china, gave me a set of four teacups and saucers. I love the art on the inside of the cups and so they’ve appeared more than once when photographing still lifes.
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