We're picking a few peppers in our parts these days but judging from the plants, we're going to have more before long.
These beauties are beginning to look like their namesakes...cowhorns. There aren't a lot of them on the plant at this point but the ones that are there are looking good. While the name cowhorn is certainly descriptive, the more familiar name is cayenne so they'll turn red...and HOT! I think I'll be saving these for Wayne...LOL.
These, however, will be mine. The bell peppers are the prettiest color of red and I can just imagine how sweet and crisp they're going to be. I love them in salads but we eat a lot of grilled vegetables too and red peppers are a staple in those. I'm looking forward to picking this baby.
We have already been picking lots of these little guys. Last year it grew in a pot after Dr. Dale started it from seed and this spring I cut it back and planted it in the ground. It obviously likes that as it's more than waist-high now. And covered with peppers and peppers-to-be. Wayne goes out and picks a couple of dozen at a time then we let them shrivel and dry up to grind later. The peppers aren't big, about the size of the end of your little finger, but they pack a punch.
The poblano finally has blooms that are open so maybe it's going to reward us with some peppers here soon. Chile rellenos, anybody?
When I was looking for a good spot to photograph on the big plant with the little peppers, I kept feeling like I was being watched. Turned out, I was:
We have a lot of anole lizards that hang out on the back patio and since their primary diet is bugs, I'm perfectly happy to have them there. They come and go under the doors to the screened enclosure and we frequently see them basking in the sun on the "ribs" of the pool cage. I try not to startle them and hope they'll return the favor. This one had the prettiest eyes as he watched to see what I was doing but he never moved.
The pepper plants all seem happy with our high temperatures and typical afternoon thunderstorms. Guess it takes a little heat to grow some heat.