It's getting to be that time of year again. Pillows are being dusted off, reviews written, nervous gardeners are watching birds, weather reports, and pacing back in forth in anticipation. It's tomato time! It looks like Early Girl is going to win in our garden:
I've already had a taste of summer with the 2 cherry tomato plants we're growing. I am plucking about 5-6 tomatoes a day off of the Sweet 100 (and inserting them directly into my mouth), but this Husky cherry tomato is promising a nice little harvest tomorrow:
I've seen some amusing stories about first tomatoes, but this is the first time I've seen a First Tomato Road Trip (I may have suggested that Virescent bring that almost ripe tomato on vacation with her and let it sun ripen a bit, but she's the creative one who came up with the road trip slideshow).
In other veggie news, we have the first Red Peter pepper growing (you think the eggplants have been phallic -- wait for these!):
I'm still trying to figure out how I will be able to tell that the purple bell peppers are ripe:
The zinnias are helping to bring pollinators to the garden -- and they're pretty:
I love how they're all slightly different:
I had about 50 of these shots and narrowed it down to 2 photos. I think one or the other is a strong calendar candidate:
I finally figured out what this is:
I wandered out to the patio last night around 8:00pm and saw the plants in full bloom. One quick Google for night blooming yellow flower and I came up with Evening primrose:
It's hard to capture these flowers at this time of night without the flash, but this is as close as I can get to true color (and not a blurry mess):
It's been insanely hot non-stop and we haven't had more than a sprinkle of rain in weeks. Thank goodness VPH doesn't mind watering. Any bets on when that Early Girl tomato will be ready to eat? I'm taking the 25th.