May 30, 2009
As far as my listing goes, I will leave off the major descriptions and critiques until the Tomatoes on Parade posting in September. For now I will post a basic description if I have one.
So without any further ado...the tomatoes of 2009:
First the cherries.
Whippersnapper - This is a small plant suitable for baskets and pots. The fruit is supposed to be pinkish-red small and oval-ish.
I happened to take a picture of one of my baskets this weekend. I am really pleased with how durable this little guy is.
Green Grape -This cherry tomato gives a high yield of green fruits with an amber blush when ripe, inside is neon green, thick foliage, very tiny seeds. This variety was bred by Tom Wagner.
Bertucci's Red Grape - Okay, first things first...there is NO VARIETY BY THE NAME BERTUCCI'S RED GRAPE
I only call this plant by that name because I obtained the seeds from a tomato I ate in a salad at the Restaurant that bears the name. Ok so the name says it all, the fruit was a grape shaped red tomato. I only saved the seeds because it was one of a very few tomatoes that I have ever eaten out of season that was even remotely palatable. So I figure ...what the heck, let me see what I get when it actually is tomato season. For all I know it will end up being a big tasteless slicer....but hey , I have the room so I am giving it a shot.
Alyx Little Yellow Sun - I haven't seen much information about this variety out there, and I ordered it based on name alone( It is a long story). But from what I understand this is a yellow cherry. I know, not much to go on there....sorry.
Opalka - I have heard a lot of good things about this tomato. The fruits are 3 to 5 inches long, fat and usually with a knob at the blossom end. This tomato originated in Poland.
Black Krim - Medium to large,beefsteak shaped reddish-black fruits. From the Island of Krim on the Black Sea.
Brown's Jubilee - As soon as I know what type this is...I will let you know.
Dona - This is a French market variety. It bears smallish, 4-6 ounce slightly oblate shiny red fruit. They are supposed to be very balanced in flavor.
Evergreen - Medium sized, oblate green fruits with an amber blush. I usually love the taste of green when ripes....I hope this one is as juicy and sweet as the others I have tried.
Gregory - I have been informed that this may actually be Gregori's Altais renamed....but there is no way to know for sure. So since I received it as Gregory, I am keeping it as Gregory. However I have no clue what so ever how this tomato will turn out.
Mr. Brown's - Of course I lost all my information on this one. And of course I cant find any info online. I do think I remember being told this is a pink beefsteak. At least I think that is what I remember.....
Orange Strawberry - I am really looking forward to these 8 to 16 oz heart shaped tomatoes. They turn deep orange when mature. A heirloom variety from the USA. Indeterminate.
Primrose Gage - The primrose-yellow fruit are about the size of a golf ball, with soft, almost velvety skin. Supposedly this variety was collected in 1931 from Dobbie & Company, Ltd. of Edinburgh, Scotland.
*Updated to add*
Cherokee Green - Collector Craig LeHoullier writes, "In 1997, I grew out Cherokee Chocolate from another seed saver. One plant gave me fruit that stayed green when ripe with delicious flavor. Suspecting it was a cross, it has nonetheless proven to come true from saved seed, indicating that it may be a mutation. It is essentially like Cherokee Purple or Cherokee Chocolate in plant habit, fruit shape and size and flavor, but the interior ripens bright green and the skin takes on a yellowish hue when ripe."
Funny how quickly time starts to fly once the Summer months roll around....but I still can hardly wait for that first fresh tomato.
May 29, 2009
I absolutely adore this Iris.
I haven't the foggiest notion what the variety is, and every year all but one stem faces my neighbors driveway....but I do love her delicate pink and luscious peach petals. What a show-off!
*I can't find the cord to charge my camera , so pictures for the time being will be a bit grainy as I am taking them with my phone...Thanks for understanding my scatter-brained-ness.
**I posted this a day early so I wouldn't forget about posting. I am worrying myself to death over a Jury Duty date on Monday and figured my aforementioned scatter-brained-ness might again rear it's ugly head...Thank you again for understanding
May 21, 2009
May 18, 2009
The peppers are in, but there are only a dozen or so of them, and they are all snuggled comfortably under pots for the night. I am keeping my fingers crossed, as this is the first time in the 20 years I have had a veggie garden that a freeze has become an issue for me. And please do not try to figure out my age by that past statement....I am in no way even close to being older than dirt.
I am listening to my weather guy, and very hopeful that after tonight things will go smoothly ....so I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed, and unless the 8 day forecast changes drastically over the next two days, my tomatoes will make their garden debut on Tuesday or Wednesday, then I will post the varieties that made the final 2009 cut right afterwards...I am soooo looking forward to a nice ripe 'mater.
*EDITED Monday: the above was supposed to be posted Sunday night, but due to teenagers in the house I was unable to secure computer time....however, tonight there is a freeze warning for inland areas around me, so this posting is just as valid today as it was yesterday*
May 7, 2009
This is my third year growing my own plants from my own seeds, and the second year in a row with issues....sheesh. But I am going to be much more optimistic this year than I was last year when I threw away many seedlings that very well may have outgrown their wilty-ness and become viable plants. So I have isolated the plants that are most spotted, and am crossing my fingers for the rest. Now I am no expert, and I probably have a host of damp/cold related fungus and bacteria on my precious plants, but I am hoping that this is just weather related nastiness and the plants will grow out of it once the sun comes back for a more prolonged period of time and I can actually get them into the garden. Come on rain ....take a week off , will ya?!?!
Cross your fingers for me too!!
May 3, 2009
Here is a pretty interesting moth that fluttered to the ground in front of me last weekend. I thought at firs it was an old brown leaf from one of the busshes or off the tree above me...until I realised there was no breeze or leaves fluttering around, and the flutter had purpose.
Happy Green Thumb Sunday!!