Lately the garden bloggers world has been bombarded by blog posts of gardeners who were vying for the questionable honour of who had actually grown ( if grown is the right word to use here) the smallest tomato. Carol of May Dreams Gardens (who else?) started that mini-tomato competition.Well, we at Bliss have different ideas on that score; we don't go in for the smallest (perish the thought) but the biggest. After all, size matters. ;-)
And look what we have come up with in the big department:
Isn't that the most enormous tomato you've ever seen? I put the coffeepot plus cup and saucer next to it, to give you some idea of its actual size. The dinner plate underneath my humongous tomato is almost invisible. It's sad really when gardeners go for the smallest tomato when you can actually grow something as spectacular as this. And you haven't heard the best bit yet, it's a cherry tomato too, just like those ittybitty ones.
And at Bliss we do not only grow whopping great tomatoes, oh no, we grow strawberries of gigantic proportions too. Lookie here:
See how vast this strawberry is? You could make a meal out of this one by itself. Please note my beautiful, real porcelain Christmas coffee set. Pretty isn't it with its holly leaves and berries? It's true, Bliss is in the details.
You know, it's all a question of perspective, some go in for small and others for big. See what I mean?
Ha, you didn't really think that the cherry tomato and strawberry were really that gigantic, did you? As I said before, it's all a matter of perspective, the right perspective.
From left to right: a big cherry tomato, a medium sized one, a small one and a minuscule one. How minuscule? Just judge for yourself:
1) the dime test (didn't have an US dime so I used an European one; the Euro dime aka 10 cents)
2) the thimble test
Hey, where did the tomato go? Did somebody sneeze?
Oh hang on, it's in the thimble. Can you see it? Perhaps it's better if I take it out so you can see it more clearly, but promise me that you won't sneeze, okay?
There it is. Did you notice that its little crown of leaves and the stalk are much bigger than the tomato itself? No minor feat that, I worked hard to get it to grow (ahem) that way.
What's that you say? I've used a giant thimble for this shot? Really, would I ever play such a dirty trick on you?
See, no trickery was used in these pics. What on earth made you think such a thing?
3) the dinner plate test:
Looking at this pic the following caption popped in my mind: I've heard of Nouvelle Cuisine before, but this is ridiculous!
And we have more to show you, my extra super mini-tomato has a friend:
my extra humongous mini-strawberry. Cute isn't it?
And here they are together!
Awwwwwww, isn't that the cutest gardening related thingy you've ever seen?
And here's a pic of my mini friends and their more normal sized relatives plus an Euro dime, a match stick and a thimble for size reference. On the little saucer is the runner-up for minuscule strawberry of the year.
BTW how's this for desert?
Just the thing for those cat-walk models, don't you think? How much calories will this strawberry contain? Minus 3?
Those miniature coffee sets are cute, aren't they? This one I got last Saturday from my good friend Susan who has been on holiday in the Lake District in the UK. She is an avid fan of miss Potter so she had to buy, among other miss Potter related things, this little present for me. Here have a close look.
And even closer
Totally adorable and I think you will understand that I had to use it somehow on my blog. It was fun Pottering about today, I hope you liked it too.
For it's a long, long way
From May to December,
And the days grow short,
When you reach September.
Kurt Weill (1900-1950), 'September Song', 1938