By the end of the summer I had some pink brandywine too. Those dark red pumpkin shaped costolutos that kicked ass last summer came out very late this year, well after the rains stopped. Still, I was grateful that I had a windowsill full of tomatoes throughout August. I look forward to that the way I look forward to seeing fields and fields of sweet corn
Somewhere in the middle of August I finally got a surge of tomatoes and since I was inspired to keep it old school this summer, I just cut them up, cooked them down, and froze some fresh chunky sauce for curries and soups. I can't get enough of how beautiful tomatoes are.
I almost though it was going to be the year without sunflowers. Russ kept making Year Without a Santa Claus jokes, but seriously none - not one - of my sunflowers came up. The seedlings got pelted with all of that hard rain and I was so sad. Remember how I mentioned that one rogue sunflower? It came up and bloomed. Literally the only sunflower in the garden. It sprouted inside the opening of one of the concrete blocks surrounding the tomato beds. The torch flowers that I planted in the middle of the summer as an experiment did fantastic and were my mock sunflowers this year. They were another seed purchase from Renee's Seeds and they attracted bees and monarch butterflies.
So here's a sampling of the tomatoes starting clockwise. There are bright red Italian costoluto that look like little pumpkins, zebra stripes, a golden heirloom next to that on the left, below that a small blushing heirloom, next to that a Cherokee purple, below that is the top view of a pink brandywine and next to that is a chocolate cherry. Then there are some unripe zebras that need to go in the windowsill and some marigolds that will be dried and used in some soaps I plan to make. I'll probably make one last batch of tomato jam with these tomorrow after I pickle those peppers. The winter garden goes in tomorrow after Russ gets home from work, so I'll still have vegetables to fret over in the winter months too.