Penelope and Siddhartha ~ Sid for short because he is...
I have two tomato plants which I transplanted into containers to grow on my porch this past July. Very late in the season—a risk. It was an impulsive thing—to start a tomato garden this year. I was inspired by a new friend of mine who is a master gardener/scientist. But so far things have been running smoothly. I named them Siddhartha and Penelope. Siddhartha—because he looks like a compact Buddha sitting all stoically in a green tote—like a Zen garden. Penelope was named after Penelope Cruz—my favorite actress.
Penelope is a Phoenix heat resistant determinate hybrid. This photo was taken right after I transplanted her into her tub on July 27th:
Penelope this morning ~ Just 17 days after transplant:
She is now two feet tall and has one tomato and many blossoms. She is really thriving:
Sid is a basic container tomato determinate hybrid—bred to thrive in containers but suitable for the garden as well:
He has one large tomato and another few small ones. He also has many blossoms:
I will keep you posted on their progress with regular updates.
Update 8/15: Both Sid and Penelope each have three tomatoes. I couldn't be more thrilled.
Update 8/16. Penelope now has six tomatoes! Sid? still three. Come on Sid!
Isn't she lovely...
Update 8/17: Sid's large tomato is starting to ripen.
Update 8/19: Penelope has nine tomatoes and is almost three feet tall.
Sid's large tomato is ripening nicely. Weekend bruschetta for one?
Update 8/21: Just a few more days.
Update 8/22: Succulent Sid.
Update 8/25. Anticipation.
Update 8/28: Penelope has 22 tomatoes and dozens of blossoms. Sid has 3 tomatoes and close to a dozen blossoms.
Update 9/5: Penny has thirty tomatoes. Sid has twenty.
Look how they have grown in the last three weeks...