I took this picture back in April on that trip to San Francisco. That one where I ate all the sushi. Delicious sushi. Good god, I’m hungry right now.
And here’s where I admit that I have absolutely no idea what this is. I’m at a total loss. Anyone know?
I’ve seen this spelled as ‘Constoluto Genevese’ and ‘Costoluto Genovese’. When I purchased it the package was marked ‘Costoluto’ without the extra ‘n’ and I’ve been going by that since. It’s an old Italian variety so anyone who speaks Italian would have a better idea of the true name.
I actually took this photo in August 2006 but as my tomatoes form on the vines and anticipation mounts, I can’t help digging up a photo to remind me of what’s to come.
2006 was the only year I grew this pumpkin shaped heirloom, not because it was a dud but simply because the maximum number of tomatoes I can grow within a season is limited by space, leaving only a select few to make it back for a second or third year. I grew this indeterminate in a BIG container although the yield was still fairly low. The plant can produce fairly large fruit making it a better choice for in-ground gardens.
Check out this wild front garden I came upon yesterday afternoon. On just a glance I can identify a couple of poppy varieties, calendula, bachelors buttons (aka cornflower), cosmos, and a host of attractive weeds.
I just can’t see myself dedicating the space to a wild garden of flowers, preferring to fill up that sunny front yard with vegetables, yet I very much appreciate the idea of it. I passed a lot of gorgeous gardens on this street, but this is the only one that stopped me in my tracks and begged for pictures. The irony being that this is probably the most hands off garden on the block, requiring a bit of deadheading now and again if you want to keep the blooms going throughout the summer but very little else. Any one of these plants individually might require some staking to keep those long, thin stems growing upward but as a dense mass the whole thing was held together around the edges by some sticks and string, the plants doing the work of holding each other up.
Flowers like this grow very easily, attracting lots of pollinators and continually producing blooms perfect for vases. I have developed a recent affinity for simple vases full of bachelor’s buttons (Centaurea cyanus). And with so many of each type of flower you’re not left hovering over the garden waiting to pounce on that single bud before a greedy passerby gets it.
Yeah, in hindsight a garden like this may have been a less traumatic choice for the street garden.
Most of my peas are finished and have been replaced by beans but the Blue Podded Shelling Pea is still producing over at my community garden. I harvested a handful just yesterday. This beautiful purple pea with frilly pink flowers is one of a handful of unusual pea types that I can’t resist growing every year. I can’t say I love the flavour of this variety, but then again I tend to harvest the peas when they are small and eat them steamed rather than leaving them longer to produce real peas as is the norm. When cooking, the blue/purple colour actually bleeds off like a dye. I steamed a handful on top of rice once and the rice was dyed purple.
Another photo from my community garden.
Butter and Eggs (Linaria vulgaris) growing out of the gravel on abandoned railroad tracks.