Saturday, September 5, 2009

Unexpected art in Valiant Tomatoes

I brought in three ripened tomatoes from the patio yesterday and dropped them in a bowl on the table. I walked by the bowl today and happened to have the camera in hand so I snapped this picture on a whim.

After I looked at the picture, I thought it looked pretty good. If I tried harder, I'll bet I could make it really artsy. Of course, Art is in the eye of the beholder and those are our very own tomatoes grown from seeds and lovingly tended since the beginning of the year--so, naturally I think they're just gorgeous.

We have been through a lot together, those tomatoes and I--from little seed cups under UV lights, to transplanting into bigger containers plus mfore frequent feeding and watering. And then the day in May when they finally went outside into their big pots in the sunshine! We pampered them with more feedings and waterings. We bought them cages to support their stems and kept them pruned. There were the long, harsh days of the drought and sunshine followed by the rainy spell with all the cloudy, rainy days. Unseasonably cool nights slowed their progress but they struggled on.

(Now, the 20 cent package of tomato seeds was a bargain. But the special lights, all the pots and potting soil, plant food, tomato cages, etc. have added up to a tidy sum. It doesn't appear we will wind up with more than 20 tomatoes, but that will be enough to share.)

Despite it all, these few valiant tomatoes now grace my table with their bright colors and their tempting, home-grown juicy goodness.

Now, excuse me while I go eat a $5 tomato...


Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Those tomatoes look lovely! Like jewels or coral! Very artistic lookin' in my opinion! Art you can EAT, too!

Twenty tomatoes is a pretty good haul considering all the weird weather you had!

Sparrow chic said...

Beautiful tomatoes Mom !!!

Ms Sparrow said...

They're yummy, too!

MaxCity said...

Lovely tomatoes. And I totally get the reason you might put all of that energy into a few tomatoes. It's magic. . . a gift. . . the power of the will combined with the power of the universe. Once you help something grow, there's no going back to a plantless home. Oh, and it's great when you get to eat the results, too.

Barbara Blundell said...

Well worth all the trouble and expense . Are you really going to eat them ?