Monday July 21st, first fruits for Valley of Heart’s Delight

Monday July 21st, first fruits for Valley of Heart’s Delight

We are nearly latitude 38 here in San Jose, CA.... And Monday I had my first tomatoes to pick (we were out of town and stuff across the weekend or I suspect I would have not waited until they were soft ripe) For "80 day" tomatoes they took 111 days (31 overdue, if we are generous and use the purchase date as the start. I probably had them in the house a month before I put them out for transplant shock to mess with the math). Anyhow, it tells you something about the climate change we were hit with this year.
first fruits
http://picasaweb.google.com/zzooee/FirstFruits/photo#5225556690636344930 upper left (2): "Thessaloniki" right side going vertical- both are bicolor variety "Gold Medal" lower left (1 small orange, but great flavor) "Sweet Horizon" I am still waiting on "Green Giant". As the fruit just turns light green, I am going by feel. They are all rock hard. It's a HUGE plant.
Agent Orange Carrot Cake

Agent Orange Carrot Cake

Yay yay yay! Butterflies!

Yay yay yay! Butterflies!

Thought I’d share some color

Thought I’d share some color

Can someone tell me what flower this is?

Can someone tell me what flower this is?

Too Much Light!

Too Much Light!

Things I have learned – this gardening season

Things I have learned – this gardening season