On many occasions we've had the opportunity to present to loved ones and
friends, from our outstretched hands, a freshly picked heart-shaped
heirloom tomato with the words of appreciation and love, as a gift,
whether it be Valentines Day, Birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day,
Anniversary, or an "I love You" day, "just because you...are you." We've
also expressed ourselves in a similar way if the gift was packs of
heirloom tomato seeds presented within a card or wrapped with a ribbon.
We found considerable pleasure in heart-felt gifting the same to friends
or clients, or people we appreciated in the course of our daily lives,
just because we were grateful. Therefore, we assembled this 'gift' for
you...of seeds of our favorite heart-shaped tomatoes and garden flowers
for a thrilling garden display of colors and delicious flavors to enrich
the lives of those you care for throughout the summer. A suitable a
gift for yourself as well. Save some money.
- Giant Red Oxheart - A Kentucky heirloom tomato. Seeds sent to Gary Ibsen in 2015 from a man whose family has grown this variety near Olive Hill, KY for more than 100 years. Large plant produces exceptional crops of huge, 1-2 lbs., deep-red, heart-shaped tomatoes that are loaded with robust, complex, delicious flavors. A gift of one of these "hearts" presented to a loved one is certain to inspire gratitude and a smile. Indeterminate. 75 days.
- Heart of Compassion - An heirloom tomato introduced by TomatoFest. Plant produces moderate yields of huge, 4 to 5-inch, slightly-flattened, jade-pink, very meaty, heart-shaped, tomatoes with thin skin, few seeds and a full range of complex, well-balanced, fruity flavors with a slightly acidic finish that is certain to bring a smile to your mouth, if not a WOW! Sure to become one of your favored tomatoes. Indeterminate. 78 days.
- Homer Fike's Yellow Oxheart - A Family Heirloom tomato. Seeds originally sent to Gary Ibsen in 2006 by Karen Teets of West Virginia who told him, "this variety was grown by Homer Fike for as long as his 78-year old daughter can remember. Beyond that, no one is alive to remember." In 2016, Gary received another note from one of Homer Fike's 28 grandchildren, who advised him that her 88 yr. old mother, Eloise, is still growing this tomato, and every year their extended family of 200 gathers together to celebrate this tomato. Truly a family heirloom. The plant produces an abundant amount of 1-3 lb., distinctively beautiful, yellow-gold, meaty, heart-shaped tomatoes with few seeds and delicious, fruity-sweet flavors.a wonderful gift to place in the hands of a loved one. (89 days).
- Velvet Queen Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) - Free branching, 4-5' tall plants bear lots of 5-6", deep-velvety-crimson blooms accented with traces of yellow with shades of yellow, orange, and red ringed around a large, glittering, mahogany-colored center. Bearing all summer long, these flowers are unforgettable in the garden or vase. Velvet Queen flower really does look like a setting sun, with its play of warm colors. A chic and sophisticated sunflower for cut-flower connoisseurs. A manageable plant size for the flower bed, border, or even vegetable garden, or perfect for planting adjacent to a fence or wall. If there is any flower that can say throughout the summer, "I love you," it is this. Annual.
- Teddy Bear Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) - A lovely addition to any flower garden. Sturdy, 2-3' tall, dwarf plants with an upright habit produce many 4-6", golden-yellow, puffy-looking blooms are guaranteed to invite a warm, fuzzy feeling. Teddy Bear makes an attractive short hedge or colorful garden border, and perfectly wonderful for cut flowers. Drought tolerant, non-fussy plant blooms until fall. A good container variety. Annual.
- Hella Sonneblume Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) - This 2-3', dwarf sunflower plant produces 4", uniform, gold-petaled flowers on sturdy 12", "ruler-straight" stems, making it a perfect choice for a cut-flower arrangement and a long vase life. An impressive stand out in a flower or vegetable garden. Annual.
- Lemon Queen Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) - This well-known, 5-7' tall, American favorite produces one large, lemon-yellow main flower followed by smaller, branching, buttery-pale-yellow secondary flowers of excellent quality. Plants bloom for a long period of time. Excellent for cut flowers as each flower has a long stem that holds well in bouquets. Great for attracting bees. Lemon Queen is so big, beautiful, and self-sufficient that you can plant it once, in practically any soil, and enjoy it throughout the summer. With plenty of sun, this Midwest native can reach close to 8' in height. Annual.
- Strawberry Blonde Calendula - An edible salad flower. Yes, you may feed your sweetheart these beautiful flower petals. 18-24", bushy plants produce an abundance of warm and colorful antique-looking, pink and yellow petals with dark red flashy undersides. A perfect choice for long-lasting cut or dried flowers, or as edible flowers to dress up summer salads. Long stems pull off easily for simple and fast cut flower harvest. Plants flower all the way into fall. Annual.