Peter Piper better plan a path to Pace because he's going to have a passel of peppers to pick. We're having a pepper-palooza.
We didn't set out with that in mind but it seems to have become that.
First, we had one pepper plant Dr. Dale had given us that was still growing from last year. He starts a number of varieties from seed and always fixes us up with a couple. He couldn't get the Wild Dynamo seeds he'd raised before but it was something close to it. Ours was a real slow starter and we hardly got any peppers from it but it was looking pretty good by the time cold weather rolled around so since it was in a pot anyway, I just moved it to a protected location on the nights the temperatures dipped too low. When spring arrived, I cut it back and put it in the ground. Now it's covered with blooms and little green peppers.
Then we enjoyed our jalapenos so much last year so we bought another plant. It's still a dwarf compared to the Wild Dynamo look-alike but it does have three or four little peppers already setting on. They're only about an inch long at this point but I see poppers in our future.
And, on a lark, we picked up a bell pepper plant when we bought the jalapeno. I'll admit I was attracted by the pretty picture of the red bell pepper stuck in it as I like them much better than the green ones. We'll see if it's a matter of simply leaving them on the plant to ripen produces something as eye-appealing as the graphic that came with it. It should be fun to watch anyway. When I looked this evening, I could just see the beginnings of peppers on two blooms.
Dr. Dale broadened his pepper horizons this year and bestowed upon us a poblano pepper plant as well a cowhorn pepperplant. I'm excited about the first but I have the feeling that last one is going to be hotter than I like. Last year he told me I'd like the lemon peppers from the plant he gave me because they had a slight lemon flavor. Their yellow color was pretty as it grew but I never got the lemon taste; it was TOO HOT! And if the cowhorns are too, well no matter...we'll save them for the Doc. They'll be fun to watch grow. They're just starting to bloom.
Peppers here and peppers there. The flowers in the garden need a little excitement in their midst.