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Late Summer Gold

Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum'

Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldstrum’

As the summer begins to wind down, shades of gold can be found in every corner of the garden. Here is a sampling of August gold.

Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra 'Aureola')

Japanese Forest Grass (Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’)

The Goldilocks Effect

Daylily ‘The Goldilocks Effect’

Inula racemosa 'Sonnenspeer'

Inula racemosa ‘Sonnenspeer’

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Annual Sunflower

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Coleus species

Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)

Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum)

Journey's End

Hosta ‘Journey’s End’

Solidago 'Golden Dwarf'

Goldenrod (Solidago ‘Golden Dwarf’)

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen'

Perennial Sunflower (Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’)

Ligularia dentata 'Britt-Marie Crawford'

Ligularia dentata ‘Britt-Marie Crawford’

Helenium 'Double Trouble'

Helenium ‘Double Trouble’

Rudbeckia nitida 'Herbstonne'

Rudbeckia nitida ‘Herbstonne’

First Tomato 2017

Tomato Beaverlodge Slicer

Here it is! The first tomato of the summer! The plants that I started indoors while snow was still on the ground are now loaded with fruit. The first variety to offer a ripe tomato is Beaverlodge Slicer.

Beaverlodge Slicer was bred at the Beaverlodge Research Farm in Alberta, Canada and is one of the earliest maturing tomato varieties available, listed at 54 days. The tomato is one of almost 80 varieties of fruit, vegetables, grains forage, trees, flowers and berries developed at the Farm. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2017, the facility was originally established to meet the needs of early settlers in the short growing season of northern Alberta. It is located west of Grande Prairie, Alberta. Another tomato developed at the Beaverlodge Farm is Sub-Arctic Plenty, which was introduced in 1972. I have grown Plenty several times.

I picked the first sun-warmed tomato today and gave it my taste test. Slicer is a juicy tomato, and has a very mild flavor. I think I may prefer the flavor of Sub-Arctic, but in the end, the best tomato is the one on your plate!

Beaverlodge Slicer

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Monarch

 

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Beach Baby

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Dragonfly (Common Whitetail female, Libellula lydia) on Daylily ‘Dragon Dreams’

 

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Silver-spotted Skipper at hosta flower.