In the last weeks running up to the time I was due to leave for Europe, my schedule at work went into high crazy. I was nonetheless determined to make time to finish a few suitcase gardens for the friends I intended to meet. One of them was Birgit's Flutterby or Fluby.
I have never built a garden for a bear before but the idea for this one was almost too obvious. Everyone knew Fluby was obsessed with strawberries so of course, I wanted a strawberry field in that suitcase.
The field was to be strewn with the best tasting strawberries so much so that strawberry fans would flock to visit. For 50 cents, a strawberry fiend could pick as many as her/ his/its mouth could carry.
Alas, any hope of mine to grow a good crop of bright juicy strawberries was quickly dashed. Try as I might, I just could not make my fruits look half way like decent strawberries.
You can see for yourself here exactly what I meant. That sign is really an offer to pay someone 50 Euros to get rid of the strawberries. You know Fluby, I did tell you many a times that I am not a strawberry fan. In fact, after this, I am quite certain that I will never like them.
Everyone is going to think I am a terrible gardener. If only Fluby loves apples instead..because I know exactly where I can get mini apple plastic plants for a song...
I was at first disappointed that the suitcase garden did not arrive in time for my visit at Birgit's. I think now that it was a blessing in disguise. Cringing long distance, far far away from Wankerdorf, is way better than doing it right in front of Fluby.
Now you know why I had to pack Ms Strawberry Farmbear into the suitcase too. That girl is renowned for being able to grow the best strawberries from anything! Legend has it that she was so good, she nearly turned herself into a strawberry too.
Psst, Fluby, don't tell her but I actually used a picture of Ms S as inspiration when I tried to paint the strawberries.That's why the strawberries look like they are slightly moldy.
This was my last sight of you, just before I left Lubeck, Germany for Gdansk, Poland. You were climbing to the top of that building pretending to be either Superman or King Kong.
That's why I think you will like this music video of Coldplay's Strawberry Swing. Turn off the music and watch it and tell me if I am right.