Sometimes the easier task is knowing when something has not yet reached its optimum stage, like the red hot pokers that came with the property, most likely Kniphofia caulescens. They are still tightly budded as they ascend to their destiny.
The subject that we have been dancing a jig around is dear to my heart, and palate. When it was first noticed, growing up in the veggie bed, a violet leaf was placed gently underneath, to better be able to judge when perfection had been reached and to help keep it clean. Daily we checked on the progress. It began a whitish green and slowly became more red each day.
There are two other types of strawberries growing in the bed, Fragaria vesca ‘Red Wonder’ and F. vesca ‘White Delight’, both wild types with very small berries. Read more about them by clicking here. It is more difficult to tell when the white ones are ready to pick, but one easy way is to give a little tug on the berry. If it releases easily from the stem, it is as sweet as the red ones. The color of the flesh and seeds becomes darker when ripe as well, a little more yellow than green.