This summer, I have been experimenting with new cultivars – both ornamental and vegetable. Below are my reviews of one of each:
This was purchased to attract hummingbirds. I planted it in a large, tall planter on our deck, along with some dwarf white cosmos and a new salvia cultivar, which I will review in another post.
The descriptions I read before buying it were enticing ( aren’t they all?): “large clusters of bright red flowers” “ruby red flowers” ” irresistible to butterflies.” At first, the color was indeed bright red. Finally, a yarrow that wasn’t muddy!
But alas, as the summer progressed, even with regular deadheading the flowers went from red to rust – a shade I am definitely not fond of. So in the fall, I will move it to the perennial bed at the side of the house. Maybe it will be redder there.
Tomato Orange Russian:
I bought this plant at a spring plant sale. As I said, I do love experimenting, and I have found most of the Russian cultivars I have tried in the past to be both interesting and absolutely delicious. I harvested the first fruit a couple of weeks ago, and is it ever different-looking! It’s large and orange and heart-shaped, with red radiating from the tip up toward the stem. The flesh is mostly orangey-yellow, and it is meaty, juicy and succulent. I am only able to eat half of one for lunch at a time. That’s how big and heavy these tomatoes are. I like this plant a lot, and might even grow it again next year, if I can get my hands on it.