Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The Colors of Summer - Red and Orange
Today's colors reflect the extreme weather we've been having here in Zone 7 this summer - HOT! HOT! HOT! Happily we are now getting a welcome respite from the heat and it will be a joy to work in my gardens today. This is the third in my series the Colors of Summer and the focus is on the colors red and orange. From Left to Right beginning at the top left corner they are Better Boy tomato, Giant zinna, sweet bell pepper, San Marzono tomato, Liliput zinnia, Aussie beefsteak tomato, jalapeno peppers, Cherokee Purple tomato and Mexican sunflower. By the way, that Aussie beefsteak plant has produced the biggest tomatoes I've ever seen in my life! They have typically measured at least 5 in across, sometimes more, and make great tomato sandwiches! The San Marzono were disappointing. They are supposed to be the very best Italian-type tomato, but they are heirloom plants and they did not perform well at all for me. The heat we've had and the spider mites didn't help either.