Tiny Tomatoes

While we were putting up a flag for the fourth of July and celebrating the holiday week-end, something exciting was happening in the garden………TINY TOMATOES!!

Tomato Costoluto

This is one of the tomatoes I grew from Renee Shepherd’s Heirloom Mix called Summer Feast.  Costoluto tomato is a traditional Italian favorite for fresh eating.  I just hope we get to eat it before some woodland creature does!

Near the tomatoes in another raised bed, the garlic is showing signs of wanting to go to harvest.  Weeks ago, I cut the scapes – okay I missed one!

Garlic scape

The garlic has been growing well and now I am finding that my usual clue to harvest – half of the foliage turning brown – is misleading.  I found some bulbs ready, but some have been left too long:When the bulb opens up into the cloves like the one on the left, it has been left in the ground too long.

The first Japanese beetle was spotted today:The roses are under attack.  Does anyone recognize this bug on my Climbing Collette?

Rosa 'Cl. Collette'

One looks dangerous, the other benign?  What do you think?

The hemerocallis have started their daily show.  One of my favorites is the classic Hyperion.  I love the graceful shape.  It makes the exagerated and ruffled forms seem gauche.  However, I have succumbed to some of the deep rich colors that are available and seem so fitting in the heat of Summer.

I can’t wait until ‘Red Volunteer’ blooms because it is a vibrant red that is so desirable in a hot Summer border.   Speaking of vibrant, there is nothing like ascelpsias, and it is wonderful food for so many good insects:

Why did I miss the early signs of ripening garlic, the tomatoes developing and the bugs all over the roses?  Because we went crazy cleaning the laundry room! …. after we totally emptied the space, painted the walls and closets white (Linen white) and now must contemplate what to do to give it a new personality.  Any suggestions?

The garden promises more and more….the annuals, the herbs, the summer perennials – each day has a new surprise!




About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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6 Responses to Tiny Tomatoes

  1. I too am growing Consteluto tomatoes, but some of them have brown on the ridges of the tomato, this happened last year as well, but later on in the season the rest were okay. I have never seen this problem in books talking about tomato diseases, so I haven’t a clue what causes it. Lovely day lilies by the way.


  2. I will watch the ridges – interesting!


  3. quintessence says:

    Your garden looks lovely. The Climbing Collette is exquisite. And I know you just painted, but I do love fun wallpaper in a laundry – can add such personality and makes going in there a bit more pleasurable!!


  4. Tricia says:

    I have a bug like that! I’ll post a picture of it in my Critters Gallery…when I get it done! I don’t know what it is either, though most of the bugs in my garden are mysteries to me. Love the heirloom tomatoes — I hope the ones we’re growing have great ridges like that. And the garlic. Sigh. Next year, garlic…


  5. First of all, thank you for visiting my blog. Anne Packard…. my goal this fall, after the vacationers leave is to get down to her gallery in Provincetown. It might be dangerous, but I know, worth it!
    As far as your fabulous laundry room. I might choose a favorite fabric for a window treatment, and then pick up a color from that and have a shelf made for the back splash area under the cabinets. You could then use antique baskets, bowls, vases of fresh flowers… things to make you smile when you go in to do that lovely job!!!


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