Photo taken February 2007. Meanwhile here in Toronto we are waiting on yet another predicted snowstorm.
Common reed (Phragmites australis) In the last few years I have tried to get out more during the winter as a way to get out from under the crushing weight of cold and snow and remind myself that plants are still alive during the winter months. I took this photo during last weekend’s excursion to my favourite place in Toronto which just happens to be located directly in this wetland. Standing there looking at the tall grasses and rushes lifts my spirits at any time of year.
I grew ‘Sophie’s Choice’ for the first time last year and it turned out to be a favourite mid-size determinant. ‘Sophie’s Choice’ is a very hardy and very productive, heirloom variety said to hail from Edmonton, Canada. Despite the dull orange-red appearance this variety has something for everyone. As an early season producer it’s a great choice (har har) if you’re looking to stagger your season and get the earliest taste of fresh tomato possible. Northern gardeners will appreciate its preference for cooler temperatures. And container growers will love it because you get a lot of average-sized tomatoes from a fairly small plant.