Thursday, August 28, 2008

Almost Ripe

Everything is so late this year - at least two weeks behind I would think. Here are a few of my "earlies", and what with the downpours the last few days and reduced temperatures, taste tests should prove interesting.

First (bottom pic) we have ripe fruit from the Sungold x Mom's F2 Plant 1 - while this cherry was juicy, with nice 'acid' it was rather one dimensional, and skins were tough. But just look at the colour change from previous pic! Thought this one would be light yellow, but ended up almost apricot.

Next (middle pic) is Shtambovy Kartofelnolistny 164, a PL dwarf, with early ripening - now if it just tastes good, it will be a winner.

And finally, another cross, Galina x Grub's Mystery Green F1, and in this instance it appears yellow is dominate over green. Both my plants should be similar as this is first generation. The fun starts in F2 ......
Taste test results any day now ..........

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Check These Out!!

Tomatoes are really starting to size up now.

Here are two of the more unusual beauties, below we have a no name red, received from a co-worker whose neighbour was kind enough to share a seedling - from Italy. First time for me growing one like this - very ruffled shoulders, with pear shape.

Also, a most beautiful ripening sequence, above we have the heart-shaped Sylvan Guame, which I have read is one fabulous tomato. Plant purchased at VanDusen Plant sale; these took their time setting fruit, but are now taking off, although a bit late for here in the PNW.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Finally Some Colour!!

Well, today is August 17th, and I have picked one very small New Yorker which I will taste taste today, and will shortly enjoy these cherry-sized Sungold x Mom's F2 - only problem is I don't know what colour to expect, so will wait until they feel ripe. These are the first of my four F2s to ripen.

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Just because I love dahlias almost as much as tomatoes ...... a nice sturdy plant only about a metre in height - with lovely large blooms. This one is just starting to open!!

PPP x PP "D"

Craig H. kindly sent me seeds I requested from one of his grow outs from 1994 (94-64). Grew three plants "A", "B" and "C" a few years back - taste was there, and because the seed was reaching end of it likely germination - thought I'd sow the remaining seed this year. A cross of Pale Perfect Purple x Purple Price. Well I suppose more of a back-cross, as Pale Perfect Purple is a cross between Ozark Pink and Purple Price!!

Here is a pic of the one I call "D". Just look at the fruit set and flowers on this PL beauty!!

Friday, August 1, 2008

And now, back to tomatoes ......... update on my Galina x Grub's Mystery Green F1 - Plants 1 and 2

Change of Pace

For those of you who might tire of looking at baby tomatoes, here's a pic I created from one taken at the Blodell Conservatory last winter