Best. Homecoming. Present. Ever.

A few days before I left for California, two of my coworkers had occasion to be at my house and, therefore, in the garden. Before I had even noticed it, one of them pointed this out to me:

First tomato blossom of 2007

Tomato blossom. In place. Just days after planting.

And then, this morning, when I went out to water for the first time since I got back, I saw this:

First tomato of 2007

This might be — MIGHT BE — better than the ocean. Might be.

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12 Responses to “Best. Homecoming. Present. Ever.”


  1. 1 Lydia May 24, 2007 at 7:42 am

    That is some impatient tomato! I’ve just gotten my annual herbs in the ground, and you have a tomato plant bearing fruit already. Wow!

  2. 2 steven May 24, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Oh no fair. I don’t even have a frickin’ radish yet.

  3. 3 Briana May 24, 2007 at 11:07 am

    Was it hard to leave your plants in someone else’s care while you were gone when they had just started blooming?

    I have to go away for a week for business in July and all I keep thinking is – not a good time to travel, tomatoes will be fruiting.

  4. 4 Marc @ GardenDesk May 24, 2007 at 11:19 am

    Your reaction is the same as mine when it comes to tomato blossoms – Halleluiah!! Many of my tomato starts are doing poorly, but I do have fruit on my extra early tomatoes!

    Once again, Halleluiah!!

  5. 5 Katiez May 24, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    Ahhh, it’s a site that warms the heart! An actual, real, flavorful tomato is just around the corner. Cherish it!

  6. 6 Carol May 24, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    That IS better than the ocean! At least it will taste better than the ocean…

  7. 7 Michelle May 24, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    Bravo!!! I was so darn excited for you just for the blossom! LOL!

  8. 8 Captain Lifecruiser May 25, 2007 at 3:53 am

    Oh… I can smell it. Tomatoplants and their flowers have that strong smell. I like it, some don’t :-)

    So, you’re having much better weather than we have with tother words. The season has just started out with a bit chilly spring here….

    (BTW: I emailed you about the comment problems again).

  9. 9 Sally May 25, 2007 at 6:19 am

    Wow! That is an early producer! Lucky girl.

  10. 10 inadvertentgardener May 25, 2007 at 8:11 am

    Lydia, I’m as surprised as you were!

    Steven, no radishes? You ought to at least have those, eh?

    Briana, I definitely checked in to find out status while I was gone…it was hard, but it would be even harder in July!

    Marc, your tomatoes are pretty amazing already — I’m so excited for you!

    Katiez, I’m definitely cherishing it. Can’t wait to cherish it right into my mouth.

    Carol, I kind of like how the ocean tastes, but you’re right…it’s definitely not better than a sun-ripened tomato.

    Michelle, when I saw that first blossom, I kind of figured it would just fall off or something. I was so excited to see the actual fruit!

    Captain Lifecruiser, I love that smell, too. I’m sending you warm-weather thoughts so your tomatoes will kick into gear.

    Sally, I do feel lucky, for sure. It’s exciting!


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