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Actinidia and Strawberries

Category: Garden Highlights | Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 5:29 pm

There are two highlights in my garden at the moment.
Firstly, the Actinidia kolomikta growing against the north side of the garage is at its best. Some of the leaves are tipped with white, and some with white and pink. It doesn't tell you in the books, but the coloured leaves start with all white patches, and the pink slowly creeps in from the tip of the leaf, so the shrub is at its brightest now, and will become progressively duller as spring turns into summer.

Actinidia kolomikta ( photo / image / picture from OrangeKing's Garden )

It also has flowers; only half-an-inch across and hidden under the leaves, but quite pretty!

Actinidia flowers ( photo / image / picture from OrangeKing's Garden )

The second highlight is a promise of things to come... The strawberries have lots of blossom! We've had only 10% of normal rain fall in April, so I've been watering them every evening. Hopefully it will pay off in June. And the variety is 'Royal Sovereign', the best flavoured strawberry of all.

Strawberry flowers ( photo / image / picture from OrangeKing's Garden )

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Frank wrote on Tue May 03, 2011 8:29 pm:

Such an interesting leaf.


eileen wrote on Wed May 04, 2011 9:30 am:

Your Actinidia kolomikta is a very attractive plant and those strawberries are really looking good!!

carolyn keiper wrote on Wed May 04, 2011 10:33 pm:

Is that a kiwi?


OrangeKing wrote on Thu May 05, 2011 2:48 pm:

It's related to the kiwi, but doesn't have fruit. Kiwi is Actinidia chinensis.

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