Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Humongous Fruits!

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

48 comments:

jodi said...

How Very clever and charming too. I have never seen so small a tea set; the tomatoes, however, resemble my crop of tiny tomates, even though some of them are SUPPOSED to be large--some day. In another garden. In another dimension or on another planet.....
Great fun, a perfect way to take a break from my labours....

Bert said...

Well here one can see that size is relativ, Very well done Yolanda.
So when a king size tomato turns out to be a cherry tomato, better watch my dinner plate tonight an hope there the normal size.
But for the "smallest" tomato and strawberry, you might go for prizes.

Thanks for the very funny blog.

Marian said...

Heel leuk, dat kleine spul!
Het doet me denken aan eind
jaren '70 (poeh, dat is lang geleden) toen ik op kantoor een tomatenplantje in een pot had staan, ook met van die mini-tomaatjes er aan.
Een collega van me durfde er niet van te eten omdat hij dacht dat zoiets niet kón!
Het zal in die tijd nog wel een nieuwigheidje geweest zijn!

Nicole said...

LOL You caught me with the tomato, but I realized the strawberry was posed with a child's "tea set" -brought back lots of childhood memories of me playing with mine!

Pam/Digging said...

YE, if I had to choose the biggest kidder, it would definitely be you. ;-) It's nice to see you back and having fun in the garden (and kitchen) again.

lisa said...

Heh...your comment on my blog was correct-my tomato plants ARE pathetic compared to yours! ;-) Very cute post, BTW!

shirl said...

Hi again, Yolanda

Great post! It's nice to have you back :-)

I cannot compete on the tomato scale but I do have a minuscule carrot in my post ‘Home produce’ that is worthy of a laugh – fruit and veg is clearly not my strength !!!

Naturegirl said...

Yolanda this was the cutest post ever!! Boy oh boy that first cherrY tomatoe must have tasted divine!!
Nice to see that you grow fruits for the ~wee fairies~ that help out with your blissfull garden!! hugs NG

healingmagichands said...

This was so fun! I'm glad I came over here from May Dreams Gardens to visit. I loved your clever use of the tea set.

Connie said...

Well, you certainly had fun 'pottering' around with this didn't you? Quite entertaining. :-)

Birgit said...

Das ist ja ganz bezaubernd, das Mini-Kaffee-Geschirr. Ich habe auch so ein ähnliches, steht im Setzkasten in der Küche. Passend dazu natürlich Deine Mini-Früchte. Allein die Idee dieser Fotos ist einfach süß.
LG Birgit

RUTH said...

I enjoyed this post so much....full of home grown goodies, wonderful chinaware and good humour. Fabulous and thanks for the smiles
Rx

karin a said...

Haha, how sweet! I'm not sure I've ever seen that small tomatoe and strawberry. Compared with yours all my tomatoes look very common in size. :) But I will check it out! The coffee sets are indeed cute. Thanks for making me laugh!

Carol said...

Yolanda Elizabet... What can I say? I love the Beatrix Potter tea set and I'm happy you were able to put it to good use. Such a fun post!

Thank you for joining in the "competition" with your tiny tomatoes and strawberries. You know what they say, "when the garden gives you tiny tomatoes, make tiny tomatoes the thing to want!"

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

Layanee said...

YE: LOL :) and still smiling. You are so funny!

Laurie & Chris said...

Oh my that was funny. I was thinking that is one big tomato!! YOu did a great job on your pictures!!

chuck b. said...

:) :) :)

SchneiderHein said...

So so, Du kannst Dich also auch für Puppen- und Puppenstubengeschirr begeistern...
Und dann findest Du sogar noch eine so schöne Anwendung dafür!

Kylee said...

LOL! Clever you! ;-)

We love Beatrix Potter here, too. In fact, my nickname for Jenna when she was a little girl was Hunca Munca.

I have a small Winnie-the-Pooh tea set like this. Adorable, aren't they? A.A. Milne and Beatrix Potter were contemporaries. :-)

Hillside Garden said...

Wonderful, Yolanda. I like your fotos. And I am also a friend of this little rabit, I have two cups with this motive.

Sigrun

ina peppels said...

wat heb je weer een enig logje gemaakt wat een snoezoge serviesjes zelf ben ik dol op de tekeninigen van beatrix potter ,aarbeien heb ik wel ooit wil ik nog eens tomaten kweken ,fijne vakantie gehad? k heb nog vakantie ,maar wel een poetsvakantie zie mijn log gr ina

marl1 said...

*LOL* Groots log!
Foto 1 knalde er al in, maar dat tomaatje op dat grote bord :-)))))))

Entangled said...

So cute! Those tiny tea sets are adorable.

Lis said...

Das sind ja nette Spielereien, da kann man sehen wie man sich irren kann. Ist es jetzt groß oder klein? Wer weiss?!:-)

Zoey said...

LOL, Yolanda!

Yes, size does indeed matter! Great post.

Libbys Blog said...

Excellent post, brought a smile to my face thank you.

Green thumb said...

very Brainy! I see, it is fun time at Bliss.
I was in splits reading this post, and congrats dear, for you tickled many a funny bones, as is evident from all the comments.

Felicia said...

LOL I love all your fruits both the ginormous and the tiny :)

Anita said...

All your tomatoes are wonderul!

And ooooh, I LOVE your Mrs Potter coffee set! I saw the movie some weeks ago, what a wonderful story!

Groetjes,
Anita

stadtgarten said...

Funny idea to show us those different sizes of tomatoes and strawberries!
Everything depends on the point of view - big or small.
Groetjes, Monika

Rosehaven Cottage said...

This is so fun looking at this post you've done! I just love all the tiny things, especially the tiny fruits. Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage

kate said...

The great tomato challenge - I love t the Beatrix Potter tea set. My son and I used to have elaborate tea parties with a 'Madeline' one and yours reminded me of this.

It is all about perspective, isn't it?

Chitweed said...

I would say they are the tiniest tomato and berry I have ever seen. Its a wonder you saw them at all in order to to pick them!
Lilliputian garden worthy.

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Very playful post. I really enjoyed it.

Vicki Palmer (Pink Pearl Girl) said...

Yolanda,
Thank you for visiting my blog and your comments about my post! I love your mini tomatoe & strawberry. I have a Peter Rabbit tea set too. I was always a big Beatrix Potter fan myself and I have a cat named Peter after Peter Rabbit & a cat named Benjamin for Benjamin Bunny. I enjoyed stopping by!
Vicki

Annie in Austin said...

You are the real deal, Yolanda Elizabet - what a fun post. This was a delectable Dutch treat!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Petunia's Gardener said...

If you grow them, you may as well play with them too! Love the minis on the big plate. Really makes them small. What a cute teaset too.

LostRoses said...

Yolanda, you are too funny! I think you've had the last word on the tiniest tomato competition!

sisah said...

Dieses Posting verdient einen Preis für besondere Originalität!
Super :-D

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Yolanda, so very creative, I love it. Perspective....very clever

gardenmomma (Chris) said...

I have so enjoyed reading your LITTLE essay on tomatoes! I have taken a hiatus from reading and writing in blogland. Summer is almost over and I am back. My first thing to do is catch up on your blog. What a treat! Chris

KC MO Garden Guy said...

Great post. Love it and the tea sets are charming!!

chigiy said...

Nice post.
It is kind of a mix between the Mystery Spot in Santa Cruz California and Alice in Wonderland, only with tomatoes and strawberries.

Andrea's Garden said...

Yolanda, you are just hilarious! Really got a kick out of reading your post and this was just what I needed. Thanks, Andrea

Hannele said...

Haha, funny photos :)

Matron said...

What a wonderful series of photos!

Curtis said...

Those tomatoes are so tiny.

admin said...

What an interesting post. Your little tomato and strawberry are tiny.
Sara from farmingfriends