While I was in Toronto for business last week, an unimaginable disaster happened - it rained.
Before I left, I watered all my beds and containers very thoroughly because rain was not expected, and the temperatures were still hovering around 100F. I went merrily on my way on Monday, and on Tuesday night there were torrential thunderstorms with about 3.5-4 inches of rain. I was happily soaking up Canadian culture (i.e., Molson) and didn't think anything about it.
Then, when I got home on Thursday night, I took a quick walk around the garden and found this:
I guess this is what happens when tomatoes sit in standing water for 48 hours. When I heard from Spouse that it was raining on Tuesday night, I didn't think anything about it. But, when I got home Thursday night, the containers had more than an inch of standing water. I immediately dumped them out, but the damage was done. If I had known this would happen, I would've had Spouse out dodging lightning bolts to while tipping tomatoes.
The photo on the left shows Green Zebra, from which I've gotten nothing so far, and the cherry Sweet Baby Girl, which has been incredibly prolific. The photo on the right shows two Principe Borghese plants, with lots more fruit ready to be dried.
One interesting thing - not all the plants were affected this way. If you look at the next container in the right-hand photo, you'll see Brandy Boy looking almost perfect (Luckily it's at the back of the photo, otherwise you'd see that half of the Brandy Boy fruits have blossem end rot - the only plant out of fourteen with that particular problem - knock on wood.)
I'll leave them be for now. You never know, they may rebound - I have tremendous faith in the resiliency of plants. Besides, the Green Zebras were just an experiment, and now that the Yellow Pears are coming in, we'll miss the Sweet Baby Girls just a little bit less.
And in the meantime, we had a killer harvest of cherry tomatoes last night.