Saturday, August 07, 2010

Tomatillo Lanterns

This is my first year to grow Tomatillos.
I didn't know they were going to be humongous plants,
somehow I had the idea they were ground cover...
Didn't do my research!
What I've learned is they grow big
and they grow zillions of yellow blossoms
then around the blossom a lantern grows.
The lantern is empty at first
then starts to fill with the fruit.
Here is a shot of the plants.
I did research just enough (the worker at the nursery told me)
to know you need to plant 2 plants for pollination.
And below, the cherry tom and a Jack bomb.

Happy growing to all!


PaperPumpkin said...

Wow! I love this! Didn't know anything about them...til now! Hi to the Jack Pack!

Shopgirl said...

My daughter Jenny grows these in her garden. I haven't tried them. I am not sure that I have ate one yet, I don't think so. They are really fun to look at. I love your garden, it is really pretty.
I am so glad you liked my little cottage...I have enjoyed making them.
Have a very yummmie harvest!!Hugs, Mary

Cathy K said...

Your garden looks wonderful, Cat! Ours is a disaster this year except for the fruit (apricots, strawberries and soon grapes). We’ll re-think things for next year. Hugs, Cathy

Gerry said...

Those things are HUGE! LOL. They look wonderful. I love tomatillos.

Good think you have the Jack pack to watch over them for you :-)

Werna Gail said...

These are all new to me, but I like the looks of them.
It is a good thing your plants are up off the ground, or the "garden keepers" might do some digging.
Happy harvest.

Anonymous said...

That's really interesting. I didn't know they grew this way. How cool is that! Maybe, I'll have to try some next year.

Judy S. said...

Fun! This has been a really bad tomato year here, so I'm glad someone has a bumper crop. Are these good for salsa?

judypatooote said...

Wow, I never heard of looks like they grow would be fun watching them grow, and form...I don't even know what a tomatillos's got tomat in the word, does that mean it tastes like a tomato...never mind, i'll just google it...LOL hope your having a good summer....judy

nanabuzlife said...

So~ have you tried one yet? What are they like?
I have heard of them, but not grown or eaten one yet.
Let us all know!!!LYL

Beedeebabee said...

Wow, that's some beautiful garden! Ours is pathetic this year, except for the cucumbers which are really delicious! What does a tomatillo taste like? They are very pretty plants, I bet they taste yummy! I love seeing your cute little doggies in your photos! xo Paulette