One of my new additions to heirloom tomato varieties in our veggie garden put off its' first piece of fruit today. I am super excited not only because it is known for a long producing season but because it is the FIRST TOMATO on the year. The description that came with the start plant from the Mulberry Creek Herb Farm reads : This Russian heirloom produces a long and steady crop of 2-inch elongated plum-shaped fruits colored a beautiful deep-mahogany with dusky-green shoulders. Fruit resembles a small paste tomato but with thinner walls. Unique sweet tangy flavor. In the photo above you can see me holding this cute little plum in front of a portion of the veggie garden that I spend three hours watering by hand last night. We need rain 'big time' in my neck of the woods.
The collage collection of Rudebeckia has to be my favorite bloom this week. I love the rich fall tons and the massive amount this one plant is shooting out. I swear I counted over 20 blooms measuring at least 4" wide on this perennial. The Rudebeckia plant has been one of my favorites in the country garden since I was introduced to it about three years ago. Since then I have added 4 different varieties growing in random locations on our property. This zone 5 grower can tolerate poor growing conditions as well but my #1 reason for loving this bloomer is it blooms most of the summer. Below is the a coneflower bloom I wanted to include to this blog entry from this late mornings walk in the garden.
It was only his shadow!