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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jun 14, 2012 5:09 PM CST
Sigh...lovely, lovely. Thank you, Rita. Lovey dubby
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Jun 15, 2012 9:14 AM CST
Beautiful Rita, love Purple Maze.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 15, 2012 11:08 AM CST
Green Rainbow FFO


KISSES LIKE WINE FFO


LITTLE MAN TAIT FFO



MICHAEL BENNET FFO



EARLY ALIBI



JULIE NEWMAR



ROCKS CRY OUT FFO


THANKS A BUNCH
Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jun 15, 2012 12:36 PM CST
Those are really nice Rita!!!
Lighthouse Gardens
Name: Mona
Guntown, Ms (Zone 7b)
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monalisa18
Jun 15, 2012 3:06 PM CST
Beautiful!
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Jun 15, 2012 8:43 PM CST
I agree
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
Region: Canadian Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Tip Photographer Garden Ideas: Master Level I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Charter ATP Member
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mcash70
Jun 15, 2012 9:04 PM CST
Gorgeous Rita!
Name: kimbar rise
beaverton mi
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kimbar
Jun 16, 2012 5:14 AM CST
I agree
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Jun 17, 2012 12:15 PM CST
My tomatoes are a tomato jungle!!!
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Roses-
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This is my terraces garden just loaded with scapes.
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Some daylilies-
Thanks A Bunch


Spring Fantasy


Russian Ragtime


S. Double Classic



Louise Engle


Rocks Cry Out. This is a favorite daylily of mine.

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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 17, 2012 1:26 PM CST
Rita, Your gardens are always so beautiful! Thanks for sharing all of the photos!

I saw your list of tomatoes a few pages back, and have to give a huge thumbs up to Cherokee Purple! It's my favorite!
Natalie
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 17, 2012 1:56 PM CST
I only have the one plant of CHEROKEE PURPLE. In the past I have tried BLACK KRIM but very dissapointed. The fruit always cracked so I will never try that one again. But I have read rave reviews of CHEROKEE PURPLE so I figgured I would try it. So far so good. Plant is a good grower and has set green fruits already. Unlike MORTGAGE LIFTER which I have tried before and am trying again. No fruit on it at all. If it doesn't do well this summer it will be off my list forever also.

Another I do like is the pink GERMAN QUEEN but I didn't get any this year. I buy mostly the hybred tomatoes with only a few heirlooms thrown in each year. I have tried so many diffent strains of BRANDYWINE and they all have been flops for me so another I will not be growing again.

This year tried PATIO tomato in a container, fist time for me. Loaded with fruit. Also loaded with fruit is another in a container, BETTER BUSH. And one that is planted in ground but looks very promising, SUPERFANTASTIC.

I love my tomatoes! Hilarious! Thumbs up
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 17, 2012 2:17 PM CST
I grew Black Krim because I couldn't find Cherokee Purple, and I didn't like it at all. Others have raved about it, but I won't buy another one. Mine cracked too, and just didn't do well. I got Cherokee Purple as a gift from a friend because I've got a little Cherokee in me, and now all my friends insist that they do too, so that I'll share the tomatoes with them! I told them that they'll have to buy their own, because I eat them all myself. They really are that good!

I grew a grape tomato last year called Sugary, which was delicious, but forgot to get one this year. I also grow a couple of regular grape tomatoes, yellow plum, yellow cherry (which is actually orange), as well as Roma and Celebrity, which grow really well here. I've given up on the heirlooms as they never seem to do well for me. My neighbor grows only heirlooms, but always seems to be at my front door begging for tomatoes! Brandywine is a flop here too. I've tried it for three years, and won't bother with it again. It just takes up room! I almost bought Mortgage Lifter because of the name, but couldn't find anyone at the nursery that had grown it. I'll wait to hear the reviews on it before I take a chance.

The little tomatoes (grape, yellow plum & yellow cherry) never seem to make it into the house! My friends all come over and we just graze off of the plants! They are so good!
Natalie
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
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Newyorkrita
Jun 17, 2012 2:26 PM CST
Oh, I have a SUGERY plant too. Never tried it before but it sounded good. I also have the Juliet Grape tomatoes and can't wait. And I have Sun Gold, never tried that before either. I am sure I will be snacking right off the vine as soon as those all get ripe.

I am trying a Roma type called VIVA ITALIAN that I have read rave reviews for. Supposed to taste much better than roma. I have grown roma but not lately. And I am hoping for fruit by FOURTH OF JULY from those plants but we will see.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Jun 17, 2012 2:51 PM CST
Rita, June is going to be a good month for us watchers with all these gorgeous photos! Green Grin! nodding
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Jun 17, 2012 3:05 PM CST
The daylilies have only just begon and there should be record numbers of blooms this year as the plants have never had so many scapes before. It is just astounding to me how many scapes there are here.

But along with the daylilies I try to show what else is blooming here and this year you are all going to have to look at pictures of the veggie gardens. Rolling on the floor laughing Hilarious! Veggie gardening crazies are in full force here this year. Green Grin! nodding

Cucumbers doing very well. Salad Bush have little fruits already on them. The seedlings I planted a few days ago have settled in and I can see that they have already grown. I also just planted my melon seedlings in ground this afternoon.
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 17, 2012 3:15 PM CST
Rita, Your going to love Sugary! It's a little more pink than red, and I made the mistake of thinking that they weren't ready when they really were! The fake grandkids came over and were devouring them! I told their Mom that I didn't think they were quite ripe yet, but the kids insisted that they were perfect. So, I tried one, and they were perfect! Sun Gold is really good, but if you can get Yellow Cherry, I think it's a little better. My neighbor (the one who is always begging for tomatoes), swore by Sun Gold, but I already had Yellow Cherry so I didn't get one. He tried mine, and said they were much better. So, I compared the two, and I had to agree with him. But, either will do! I really enjoy how colorful the yellow pear, yellow cherry and grape tomatoes are in a salad, if and when they make it into the house. That's not often, but it's worth hording some for a salad if you can!

I also grow Lemon Cucumber for the elderly neighbor across the street. He gets so excited about them! They are really good, but I think they are best if picked before they hit the yellow stage. We eat them like apples!

I've been enjoying zucchini and yellow summer squash for about a week now, and it sure beats the stuff you have to buy at the grocery store in the off-season! I'm going to be overwhelmed with them in about a week as the plants are really loaded!
Natalie
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Jun 17, 2012 3:46 PM CST
I don't really go for yellow tomatoes, SUN GOLD is the first I have tried. But I am impatienty waiting for all the little tomato types to get ripe. Well anything to get ripe but those are the ones will lots of green tomatoes.

I have never grown squash or zucchini or eggplant either for that matter. And there is still limited room in spite of my adding new veggie beds.

Name: Cynthia (Cindy)
Melvindale, Mi (Zone 5b)
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Hemlady
Jun 17, 2012 5:24 PM CST
Your tomatoes really have grow Rita and they look very healthy. I grew Black Krim but I didn't get very many tomatoes. I also have grown Cherokee Purple and that one was the better of the two.
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2016
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Newyorkrita
Jun 17, 2012 5:35 PM CST
They (those tomatoes) are already up to the tops of the cages and it is only mid June. They should be giants by mid July LOL! Rolling on the floor laughing They really must love the compost and tomatoe fertilizer I put on them. I use Tomato Maker 4-2-6. It comes in 3 pound bags.

I only found out recently that BACK KRIM is known for cracking. If I had known that I never would have tried it. CHEROKEE PURPLE gets rave reviews all over so I expect it to be a good one.
Name: Katie
Stafford, VA (Zone 7a)
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gonegardening
Jun 17, 2012 8:20 PM CST
Enjoying your gardens, Rita! I'm a Sun Gold fan....grow it every year. It's an orange cherry tomato, actually...extremely prolific. You have to be careful because I think there are some Sun Gold imposters out there and they're not as good. Otherwise, I just like to grow the big guys. This year, with the weather being so incredible, the tomatoes were in the store early (even earlier than usual), so I took a chance. Well, let me just say that I've never had tomatoes like this! They are already at the top of their supports! Yesterday, I had the first Sun Gold ripen and others will be soon. Never had tomatoes, of any kind, in June before. And, of the biggies, Big Beef is by far the best one for tomatoes, so far. There's 10 or 11 that look amazing on it...and that's just around the bottom. The others have fruit, too, but, at best one or two compared to Big Beef's 10+....Next year, I'm thinking I'll just get several Big Beefs, if this continues. In the past, I've grown some pink beefsteaks that were so delicious, but I managed to lose the tags or whatever and so am not sure what they were Sad ....now, though, I'm short of space and so am happy to have the six plants that I do.

I'll probably buy some boxes of tomatoes when the farmers markets get some...Well, when I drive to Maryland, that is...haha...so much for any farmers markets around me. I love love to make my own sauce and that uses a lot of tomatoes. I'm down to my last frozen bag...so, I guess last year's lasted pretty well.

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