My two favorite open pollinated cherry tomatoes are Black Cherry and Una Hartsock. I've grown these varieties the past two years, and last year I was careful to save seeds from them. This spring, I planted two of my sturdiest Black Cherry plants and the strongest Una seedling. All three are growing well, and have set fruits. But.......what have we here?
This is definitely not a Black Cherry tomato! The fruit is much too large, and the color is completely off. It must have crossed with a nearby variety! I grew Victor very close to it last year, but the plant is much too tall to be Victor. It's nearly 6' high already, and Victor was a rather compact plant. Will I have Victor tomatoes on a Black Cherry plant? Who knows! The second plant looks like it has normal sized Black Cherry tomatoes on it, but none have yet begun to ripen, so I don't know if they will be the proper color or not. The seeds were all from the same tomato.
I think the official high temperature was around 105 today, it was 103.8 in the shade of the patio, but I went out to pick beans and it felt much hotter than that. I took the indoor/outdoor thermometer out and set it in the strawberries, and here's what it read:
It was 116.1 in the sun, and the patio temperature has gone up another degree since then, so I imagine it was around 117 in the garden. Pretty dumb of me to be out there picking beans, but it's done now and I've guzzled three tall glasses of iced tea since I came back in. I might have to take a flashlight out and pick strawberries in the dark! It's supposed to be even hotter tomorrow.