Friday, May 28, 2010

Love Those Lycopersicons!

With apologies to those for whom tomato-picking time is as yet a distant hope, I present a few pictures guaranteed to make your mouths water in anticipation of your own harvest.

Lycopersicon esculentum 'Carmello'

Aside from the year in which I created a veritable cherry tomato jungle in back, thanks to having planted 10 or more 4-inch pots of Sweet 100s, I've not had any real luck in growing tomatoes prior to this year. Either I start them too late, or I don't fertilize and water them enough. This year, however, I vowed I'd do it right ... and for the most part, it would seem that I have. I picked two 'Carmello' tomatoes earlier this week but I can only show you one. The Head Gardener ate the other one.


Look at the fruits on 'Bella Rosa'/! It's a shame I can't remember when and where I bought it, but I do remember that it was touted as an exceptionally heat tolerant and productive variety, as well as one with terrific flavor. I look forward to tasting it for the first time.

Lycopersicon esculentum 'Jaune Flamme'

'Jaune Flamme' was one of my purchases from the Harris County Master Gardeners' Tomato and Pepper Sale. The HG and I have already enjoyed 2 or 3 of the tasty fruits. Unlike my friend Carol at May Dreams Gardens, I do not have a Ritual of the First Tomato. I'm so excited about the 'Bella Rosa' tomatoes, though, I might have to do something special to commemorate the event of their consumption!


5 comments:

Caroline said...
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Caroline said...

I've been reading about Jaune Flamme from MSS at Zanthan Gardens--yours look lovely!

Jean said...

The herb and veggie plant vendor at our farmers' market was touting the Bella Rosas. Wish I had bought one. I should have my first tomato, other than the one cherry I picked last week, today. They're not very big though so I think I better get some more fertilizer to them.

Carol said...

You really should come up with your own ritual for your first tomato. I planted my tomato plants out into the garden last weekend, so I don't expect to pick a ripe tomato until the end of July. "Good things come to those who wait!"

Cindy, MCOK said...

Caroline, I saw that MSS is fond of Jaune Flamme. It has an interesting and unique flavor.

Jean, I'll let y'all know what I think of the flavor. I believe I'll buy some mozzarella and pick some basil to enjoy with them!

Carol, you'll be eating yours about the time my poor plants are threatening to succumb to the summer heat. You may gloat then!