Angi, oh man was I excited when I saw the heading of the post, and then I couldn't wait to see the pictures. What a beautiful tom you have, that is one gorgeous, gorgeous looking dude. I think that the Royal Palms are so pretty, they take my breath away. I remember you saying that they are lookers and are they ever. And get a load of those beautiful eggs!!!! Wow!!!
And a tomato that is 2-1/4 pounds, unheard of!!!!! That is what happens with the heirlooms. I have a company that I get some heirloom seeds from, Salt Spring Island seeds. I wonder if they have that cultivar that you grow. I am going to check out their cultivars and I will make a post of the list. Hey, never mind, I will do it right now. I love tomataoes that are home grown.
Last year I grew my tomatoes under cover in that huge new greenhouse my Husband built for me. Things were going great guns until the middle of August. We had an unusually strange, cool, moist summer. We had 5 days of rainy weather, and wouldn't you know it. The last season blight started on the south side of the greenhouse, and spread through the rest in about 2 days. I picked all the tomatoes immediately, as soon as I saw the first blackening of the leaves. I managed to save about 80% of the tomatoes, but still, lost all the plants and many tomatoes that hadn't become mature enough to pick. What a waste. Now the issue with the blight is the spores can be harboured over in the soil. So, that house is pretty much doomed. BUT.....I am going to try anyways to grow more tomatoes, but I will open up the rows. I had 6 or 7 rows, this year I am going to knock it down to 2 rows so there is tons of ventiliation. That is key here with the blights. I am still going to attempt growing them in there, I am an experimenter. I had removed the damaged plants as soon as I saw the blight, so maybe the spores did not have a chance to mature (is that what they do, I don't know). Maybe things will be OK.
This is what seed for tomato Salt Spring Island Seed offers: They are in groups:
Type collection:Gardener's Delight, Old Ivory Egg, Clear Pink, Black Plum, Millionaire
Cherry collection: Chiapis Wild, New Jersey, Lollipop, Snow White, Purple Smudge
Brandywine collection:Cherry, black, purple, pink select, Joyce's
Disease Resistant Collection: Santa Cruz Cada, Wild cherry, Stupice, Nigeria, Cheesemanii
Canadian collection: Manitoba, Salt Spring Sunrise, Pollock, Canabec Rose, Montreal Tasty
Russian Collection: Galina, Siberian Pink, Silvery Fir, Russian Rose, Cosmonaut Volkov (beefstake)
Doesn't look like they offer the Ukranian one you grow. Very nice pictures, again. Thanks for bringin' 'em on. Have a great and wonderful day, Cindi