Well, it is still cold in my yard. The high temperature has hovered in the 50s for several weeks now. My little tomato seedlings haven't grown at all in the last two weeks. When will it end? I did see one gulf fritillary butterfly checking out the few flowers I have on my lantana. Poor little fellow. My camellia is still blooming. That makes me feel a little better.
Behold the February Tomato! This guy is a survivor from my fall planting. It is allegedly a Kellogg's Breakfast variety. I am not 100% sure what it is because one of the seeds from the packet turned out pink tomatoes instead of orange. This plant from the same seed packet seems to produce the right orange colored tomatoes but it does not taste like the descriptions of KB. Oh well, it is certainly cold tolerant!
This winter has been an unusually cold and wet one here in central Florida. An extended period of cold weather early this year has caused a lot of damage in my yard. There are signs of new growth now on many of the plants so I hope the worst is over. At least the lettuce and carrots seem to shake off the cold.
Incredibly I still have some tomatoes left from my fall planting. I don't know how they made it through all this cold. This photo is of the hybrid called Beefmaster. I also have a Cherokee Purple with flowers on it and two Red Zebras. I am not going to pull them out yet.
I have managed to accquire a number of heirloom tomato seeds. I purchased some from seed sellers online and some were given to me by very generous gardeners. I started seeds from several varieties in early January. Unfortunately the weather is still pretty cold and wet so I have been moving the seedlings a lot. When it is nice and sunny they go out in the yard. When it is under 50 degrees or rainy I bring them inside.
My little baby tomatoes are: Cuostrolee, Giant Belgium, Cherokee Purple, Hillbilly, Sunsugar, Matt’s wild cherry, Black cherry, Amish Salad, San Marzano, Garden peach, Paul Robeson, Red zebra, Black zebra, Black from Tula. I have some others that have not germinated yet. I probably am not going to have room for all of these.