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RUSSIAN ROSE TOMATO

russian rose tomato

Russian Rose tomato

Got seeds from: @betweenthelimes
Planting info: I started this from seed and it is now planted in the raised bed reserved for tomatoes. It gets the best possible conditions in my yard: raised bed with the most sun, and the one that is first in the soaker hose line so it gets the most water.
Beauty points: I wish I had taken a pre-slice picture of the first one I picked. It was gorgeous and huge! Size varies from huge to medium, but I don’t think there’s been a blemish on any of them. You can pick them when there’s still some green striping in the shoulder so they don’t go bad on the vine.
Taste: Mild and sweet, not tangy. Better with salt. But the consistency…the first bite I took I thought it was disgusting because it was all meat! Hardly any juice or gel at all. So at first I thought it was gross, but then the second bite I took, I liked it. Because I really like the part right by the skin most on all tomatoes, anyway.
Other considerations: The meatiness of this tomato means it holds up to slicing very well. So to me, this would make a great sandwich tomato, or could be used for tomato salads etc where you want the tomato to be able to kind of stand up to some punishment and still be a little cube or slice of tomato.
Will I grow it again? I think so. I’ll have to either save seeds or purchase some, but I really like the consistency of this one. It’s almost like a roma/paste tomato, but a slicer version. I like it!

It’s still been raining like crazy! Ugh! It had better stop before Saturday so I can get that pre-vacay checklist at least partially done. I think hubby may also have to check the gutters, because we do have guards, but the rain was sheeting (!) off the house today in heavy rain. No plant damage now really, but they aren’t blooming yet.

I’ve also noticed that we have 2 landscaping lights out. HATE that! One is prob just a bulb, but the other one has been driving me crazy forever. The annoying one is on the end at least (pack came with 4, and this was a 1-off we bought to make it all the way across the house), so it doesn’t look too “off”, but still. You touch it a certain way and it turns on, then move your hand and it turns off. Going to try to get my hubby to really fix it this weekend. I may just end up buying a new one. It drives me that insane (I’m a bit crazy about order/neatness, and the lights are all hodgepodge now – ugh!!)

nasturtium - wish i could tweak the focus a teeeeensy bit!

nasturtium - wish i could tweak the focus a teeeeensy bit!

Not usually one for pink, but I love this gerbera!

Not usually one for pink, but I love this gerbera!

emo gerbera

emo gerbera

gerbera upskirt (!)

gerbera upskirt (!)

And one last one – any one have any idea what’s up with my tomatoes? See a pic here. I don’t see any bugs and there don’t seem to be any holes (besides old bunny muches) on the peppers, radishes, or other plants in the bed. They seem to be growing fine despite whatever this is, but I want to know if it’s something I should do something about.

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