My neighbour gave me this plant this Spring and this is what it looks like when it blooms. My sister-in-law says that it looks like an Asiatic Lilly. This flower is so beautiful that it looks fake.
The real kicker is that it spreads like a weed. My neighbour thought these were dead so she discarded them in her yard only to find them thriving later. She dug them up and gave them to me.
And here is a bit of a mystery: I don't believe this to be Blossom End Rot because all the tomato plants were planted on the exact same soil and none of the other tomato plants are exhibiting this problem. Unless, of course, that Perestroika tomatoes have a higher need for calcium. This plant is growing in a self-watering bucket so as an experiment, I stopped filling the reservoir and began watering the plant from the top. I may be imagining things but the new tomatoes seem to be less affected by this. I will try to add lime to it tomorrow to see if the problem disappears altogether.
In other news, it's been in the 100's for the past week or so and it promises to be the same for the foreseeable future. My melon bed has grown Jurasically and the Sugar Baby vines, which are supposed to be 3-4 feet long are now close to 7 feet long! I have baby watermelon and canteloupe.
I harvested my first tub of potatoes. I got about 5 pounds out of it. Not bad.
Over and out.