Well, first off, the disclaimer: I'm no expert, but it looks like it might be an ornamental strawberry.
It's kind of hard to tell from the picture. The ornamentals tend to have "runners" and are a bit sturdier than regular strawberries, so I assume that would be what that plant is, since most strawberries would be dead at this time of year. (unless your barn is extremely warm (which from the picture, looks doubtful!) LOL!
Either way, they're both valuable plants (to the right person!)...you could probably trade the ornamentals if you didn't want them. Many people like them as they're pretty ground covers.
Dave, the plants do look like those wild strawberries we have growing around here. They make little berries, not to be eaten. They grow wild all over here in S.Louisiana. Mostly in shaded areas. They are very pretty. Do you have a county agent/extension office close by? If not, maybe email the pic. to your local extension office. They are really helpful there!Tons of info on what grows best for your zone too. Bye, Lisa
Geeze, Dave, you almost cost me a lot of money. I went to photoalley.com yesterday and spent a good long time purusing cameras and telescopes - cameras to take pics of my new grandbaby and telescopes for sky watching (I already have a spotting scope for bird watching). They have some great buys there - I managed to contain myself and didn't buy anything - but I'll keep the site at the top of my list of good sites.
I wish I could buy one of those super-duper professional camera that cost $900. Maybe next year. :)
I love my barn, too. It must be 100 years old. It's too bad that I have to take it down, but it is way too unstable. I am nervous just walking around inside. It's going to go crashing down the hill anyday - hopefully with no children playing in/around it!
I suspect, from the block foundation, that the barn isn't as old as you suspect. More likely it's post-WW II. But the wood is great. More than likely it is either poplar or oak---the two most common barn-board materials used in the mid-south.
If you invest in a 12" planer, the barn will keep you in really good wood for lots of projects---fine work as well as gross things like cold-frames and raised beds. Just make sure you remove _all_nails and other metal before planing.
When you start dismatling the barn, build a set of racks and lay the boards on it, with about an inch of space between them. Lay the second layer at 90 degrees. Keep alternating that way. This will allow air circulation and keep them from rotting. Under no circumstances lay the boards on the ground. And it doesn't hurt to cover the whole pile with a plastic tarp to keep rain off it. When the new barn is built, store the old wood up in the rafters, laying flat.
The plants look like wild strawberries to me. Especially as they are green this time of year. They make a pretty ground cover, but are very invasive; so be careful about where you transplant them. They prefer some shade and dampness (which is probably why they are happy in the old barn.
Morning all...Dave, those are definitely strawberries. However, here in NC, and I suppose in your area also, we have two kinds. "Wild strawberries" and "Indian strawberries" (also known as Mock strawberries). The wild strawberry produces small but VERY sweet fruit, oftentimes more tasty than the modern-day cultivated ones. Watch those plants when they flower. The wild variety has white flowers. The mock strawberry produces small tasteless pulpy fruit...I've eaten them but just to see what they really taste like. The mock strawberry has YELLOW flowers.
In your picture it looks to me like the leaf has three leaflets, but sometimes my eyes fail me so tell me if I'm right. The only other plant that is sometimes confused w/strawberry would be a similar-looking one called cinquefoil, however, it has five leaflets. Have fun!
I have lots of wild strawberries growing around here and they flower white, as horseshoe mentioned. I haven't tried to eat them but they sure are beautiful and they flower all summer. They seem to be resistant to bugs, mildew and diseases just from me looking at them all growing season. Mine do better growing in mostly shade.
Dave, They sure look like wild strawberries to me. Like horseshoe said they are small but are so very sweet. I live here in central mo and the wild ones are still green here. Save some because I'm sure you will love them. My 2 cents. Vernon