Thursday, July 24, 2008

A little garden chatter

Sorry there's been no blogging lately. I've just not been up for it. But I'll do a little this evening.

The Brandywine tomatoes are finally getting big. Interestingly, they don't look as big in this picture as they really are. This one is about 4 inches across. This is a picture from about four days ago.

The Mortgage Lifter tomatoes are the most prolific. This is just one of the clusters of tomatoes on it. There are probably four other clusters like this, though not quite as big.

These are Big Beef tomatoes. There are about 10 of them on this plant of varying sizes, but six of them will ripen at about the same time (in about 7-10 days).

Here are my favorite pink glads (again). Some more glads are blooming on the shaded side of the house, and they are gorgeous - pure white with a whisper of lavender in the throat. No pics of those yet; they haven't bloomed enough yet. Maybe tomorrow.

These tiny clematis bloomed just recently. This is their first season, so they are miniature in size, but you can tell that in coming seasons, they will be beautiful. They are called "Double Blue" and the center is really huge.

Now for some photos by Jess. The Sweet 100 tomatoes are ripening. They come in clusters of 10 or more. This is just one of about 30 clusters on one plant.

See the ripening ones?

These are the Mortgage Lifter plants. About 7 feet tall.

Jess had me hold my hand up to the tomatoes so you can get an idea of how big they are.

Bernice strikes a pose by the cherry tomato plant, also about 7 ft. tall. Unfortunately, it keeps flopping over!

And our three children: from left, Bernice, Dodger, and Mandy.


At 3:16 PM, July 28, 2008, Blogger Dantallion said...

I'd love to know who came up with the name Mortgage Lifter lol

At 9:31 PM, July 28, 2008, Blogger Marc said...

Dan: The Mortgage Lifter heirloom tomato was developed in the early thirties by a man named M.C. “Radiator Charlie” Byles. He was a radiator repairman who struggled to maintain his finances during the Great Depression. The story is that he cross-bred the largest tomatoes he could find and sold the plants for a dollar each. The profits he made helped pay down his $6,000 mortgage...thus, the name.

At 7:29 PM, July 29, 2008, Blogger Dantallion said...

Love that bit of history - thanks!

At 5:18 PM, July 31, 2008, Blogger Greg said...

I'll have to look up the Mortgage Lifter when choosing tomatoes next spring! They look to be quite something...that clematis, though, what a lovely color array in there!


At 3:09 PM, August 12, 2008, Blogger The Hunky Gardener said...

What a great clematis! I have never seen that one before but I am guessing it's probably not hardy here?

At 8:43 PM, August 12, 2008, Blogger Marc said...

Greg: don't bother, the Mortgage Lifters are not very good flavor-wise or texture-wise.

Hunky: welcome! I don't know about whether or not it's hardy further north...but I would think it would be. I mean, you're not in Alaska! :-)


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