This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. But Skippy always stood by me and was a great friend. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps and garden with me. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees and berry bushes, chickens and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Flowers in the tomato family

The tomato family (solanaceae) includes several wildflowers most of which are posoinous, potatoes, eggplants, chile peppers, tobacco, nicociana, petunias and ,of course, tomatoes. These flowers are (from upper left): Brandywine tomato, eggplant, horsenettle, jalepeno pepper and a yellow wildflower that looks like it is a solanacea, but I haven't identified it yet.

9/6/06: I finally figured out the yellow "wildflower" at the bottom. Its a tomatillo that is growing on my parents compost pile. I found a flower just like it at Maybe my mom will save me some tomatillos!

topic: eggplant, Solanum lycopersicum


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