All the way to Z

When I commenced the Plot A to Z occasional series back in October 2010 with the post Starting with A I never envisaged that it would take to now to reach Z. This final post is in two parts as I’ve divided it into T and U to Z.

Tomatoes 'Gardener's Delight'T is notable for one of the best tasting vegetables that I grow, namely tomatoes. Despite the ever present problem of blight I think that they’re worth growing simply to enjoy picking and eating a juicy, sun-warmed one and savouring the taste.   I generally only grow half a dozen plants which always include the ever popular variety Gardener’s Delight.


Yellow tulip


Tulips are lovely flowers but I don’t grow them every year, which I always regret when I don’t.  I grow them in containers where they generally do well.

One problem that I always have is choosing what varieties of tulips to grow. I’ve grown red and yellow ones in the past but not white ones.


Moving on to U to Z there is really nothing that I grow on the plot starting with these letters, although I have grown courgettes in the past which are also known as zucchini. I’ve not grown zinnias but may well try some next year as they are, apparently, an easy sow-and-forget flower and I like the look of the variety Polar Bear.

This series has been fun to do, and I must especially thank Glo (Porcelain Rose)  for kindly doing a wonderful award for each of the previous posts.

Have a good week!

[Click on either picture to see a larger image]

Edited Tuesday 2nd June to include this much appreciated Tuvwxyz award from Glo!

Tuvwxyz Award



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18 Responses to All the way to Z

  1. CJ says:

    Home grown tomatoes are wonderful aren’t they. I grow them every year, even though I’ve had some complete disasters – that wet year three years ago was terrible, I barely had one. I know what you mean about tulips, I grew some one year and they were delightful, I always wish I’d grown them every spring. Well done on getting all the way through to Z! CJ xx

  2. Liz says:

    Congratulations on A to Z! Tomatoes are the only vegetable (fruit?) I make an effort to grow every year. Have never heard of Gardener’s Delight; that variety must not have made it to the US yet. I have some species tulips that return every year, otherwise it’s hit or miss. Zinnias are very easy direct sown and make good cut flowers. I was directed to grow zizia aurea this year in a butterfly garden. It’s part of the carrot family, also known as golden Alexander and attracts the woodland swallowtail here.

    • Flighty says:

      Liz thanks. Good for you. They’re probably the most popular variety here. Tulips in the ground can be a bit hit or miss which is why I grow them in containers. That’s good to know about zinnias. You’ll have to let me know how your zizia aurea does. xx

  3. menhir1 says:

    Z for zucchini is absolutely okay. What did you have for X/ Y? I must have missed those. That was quite some task you took on there, alphabetical gardening. There must be a book in there somewhere Mr F.

    The tomatoes and tulips are a delight.


  4. Jo says:

    I think tomatoes are my favourite things to grow, though I don’t grow them on the plot, they’re always grown in the garden and in the greenhouse. There’s so many different varieties that it’s always fun trying something new, though I do have my favourites and Gardener’s Delight is one. That’s a beautiful yellow tulip, I do like that.

  5. elaine says:

    If I could grow only one thing it would be tomatoes – you have done well to complete your A to Z – now you can relax.

  6. snowbird says:

    Congratulations on getting right through the alphabet! Gardener’s Delight are a wonderful tomato, so reliable, I always grow those too…..I couldn’t imagine not having home grown tomatoes…

  7. nikkipolani says:

    Hurray! Yes, the Polar Bear variety of zinnias are fun to grow. I had one that was a light green — a bit odd, but the other colors are very nice. And may your tomatoes do better this year.

  8. Glo says:

    Hello there! Those tomatoes look delicious! And to complete your A-Z awards, here is your TUVWXYZ Award. And what is a Tuvwxyz you ask?

  9. Joanne says:

    Congrats on your A-Z. I don’t like tomatoes but always grow some for Mike. The cherry ones don’t reach the kitchen as he eats them straight off the bush in the garden. x

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