Its a very dark, cold rainy day, and i’m mostly rushing from driving the kids to school to preparing a lecture to teaching a class to a quick bite to a student meeting to another student meeting to a faculty meeting…but snuck out for a few minutes to munch some raspberries and tomatoes this morning. Camera set at “super vivid” (cheating!). It was so gloomy at 8 am the auto flash came on even outside.
Sungold gets the harvest day badge. Because it is always so yummy, even when the weather has been cold and wet and ruined the texture of most of the other tomatoes.
update: Managed to get home before dark and out to the garden to get a big harvest for tonights dinner—pesto, tomato soup, and corn.
“Sunset Red Horizon” has given me 52 fruits so far from 1 4 ft tall plant! Many are small to medium, but some are enormous. Marmande is not behind either with 45 good sized fruits, and Black Krim with 20 large fruit and many more ripening is also impressive. I’m not keeping up! will have to dry a lot of tomatoes this weekend, but also have 214 flower bulbs to plant, plus, once i dig up the tomatoes, garlic to plant in their place.
We had a run of good weather until 3 weeks ago which is probalby the source of getting so many tomatoes. September’s summary:
“September’s 2011 weather for Seattle brought above normal temperatures, sunshine, clouds, and rain after a mild, partly cloudy, and mostly dry August. There were eleven days in September with sunny sky conditions, ten days with partly cloudy sky conditions, and nine days with cloudy sky conditions. Seattle set a September record with nine consecutive days of 80 degrees plus temperatures from the 3rd through the 11th
- previous record was eight consecutive days set in 1989 from 7th to the 14th. The warm and sunny weather came to an abrupt end on September 12 when cool temperatures and clouds arrived.
Precipitation for the month was 0.21 inches below normal at 1.29 inches compared to the normal 1.50 inches. There were eleven days in September that had precipitation
- seven days with measurable precipitation and four days with a trace of precipitation. The maximum 24-hour precipitation total was 0.59 inches on September 26. Precipitation for the year was running 3.46 inches above normal at 25.55 inches compared to the normal 22.09 inches.
Temperatures for the month averaged 2.7 degrees above normal
- the mean average temperature was 64.0 degrees compared to the normal 61.3 degrees. The average daily high was 3.0 degrees above normal at 73.5 degrees compared to the normal 70.5 degrees. There were seventeen days in September that reached a high temperature of 70 degrees or above. The warmest days were September 8, 9, and 11 when the temperature reached a high of 85 degrees; the coolest day was September 29 when the temperature reached a low of 46 degrees. The record high temperature of 85 degrees on September 8 tied the record set in 1993.
The daily average wind speed for the month was 6.3 mph. The maximum wind peak gust was 43 mph from the southwest on September 25. "
sungold tomato five star Harvesting
Black Krim Tomato four and a half star Harvesting
insane raspberries Harvesting
should find time to make another pie
mountain ash Changing Colour
California Lilac 'Concha' Blooming
a bit confused but a nice fall treat
Peche Jaune Tomato Harvesting
Mystery (labelled Early Annie) Tomato Harvesting
Sunset's red Horizon Tomato four star Harvesting
the basis of the soup tonight
tomato jaune flammee five star Harvesting
really yummy to eat out of hand. wishing i had about 10 of these.
country gentleman corn Harvesting
Zea mays var. saccharata
Marmande Tomato four and a half star Harvesting
Petroselinum crispum var. neapolitanum
cinamon basil Harvesting