Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sungold x Mom's F2 Update

Here's an update on one of the crosses I'm growing out - Sungold x Mom's F2 - four plants all now have baby fruit. Pics from the top down: Plant 4, Plant 3, Plant 2, Plant 1. I expected a little more variation in the F2, however Plant 3 looks like it might be bigger than a cherry.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Rusty Rooster

Yes, this is my tomato blog, but just couldn't resist adding a pic of one of my dahlias - Rusty Rooster; a new introduction by Gordon Stach - purchased tuber at VanDusen Dahlia tuber sale in March .......

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Trench Tomatoes

Update pic - 27 days later - these tomatoes are somewhat protected from the elements by a roof overhang - not sure if this makes a difference - but this location seems to produce my healthiest plants over the summer.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tomato Machines

Another week into summer, and the tomatoes are really starting to take off re fruit load. A few of note, pics taken this a.m.

At the bottom we have Gold Dust, just look at all the tomatoes set (click on pic for a closeup)!!

And a few more of interest - Tom Wagner's Black Prince X Cherokee Purple F2 - look at the size of those tomatoes on plant 1 - lots of catfacing unfortunately. All seem to be setting at the top of the plant. The top pic shows plant 2 from the same cross - notice how much smoother these fruit are - should be interesting to see (and taste) final results.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Finally! Tomatoes Setting

In checking around the garden today I noticed a few more varieties have started to set - Grushovka pictured at bottom, is looking like it will be a good producer - most set to date

And here is the first set on Shtambovy Kartofelnolistny 164, and a picture of the plant - most unusal potato leaf dwarf - unfortunately this one is starting to show yellow bottom leaves

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Wee Baby Toms!!

Well, here we are almost mid-July - and where are the tomatoes? I found these wee babies on my inspection tour this a.m. The weather here on the coast has been amazing the last week or so - I expect to see a lot more like this within the next couple of days. I have had to remove a few yellowed leaves, but on the whole, most plants are looking really good. I'm growing four plants from this cross - curious to see if I get anything larger than a cherry - as Mom's (a bi-colour) is a larger tomato - but the cherry gene does often dominate it appears.
Sungold x Mom's F2 Plant 1

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Happy Canada Day!!

Thought I'd post a few pics in celebration - first a pic of my trench tomatoes - coming along nicely, and the heat hopefully will make for a really good tomato set - lots of blossoms happening now.

Thought I'd also show one of Tom Wagner's crosses I'm growing out - Black Prince x Cherokee Purple - first the two plants and then some pics of their blossoms. Notice the one on the right has a slight blue tinge compared to its companion.