Mr. Arboc must be psychic.
I heard chillies can give a man all sorts of super human abilities.
And many thanks, mazcalzone. The studies go well, though I am by no means out of the woods quite yet!
I've been extremely busy on the studies front, so much so that there are only a couple of plants growing.
But they are doing quite well. Many are now flowering, and while part of me is tempted to pinch the buds and let them grow some more, another part of me greedily mutters
Such is life.
I am crossing my fingers with excitement because one of the Aji Lemon Drops seems to be teeming with flowers and quite possibly pods!
Hazzah! A new one to savour! People say very good things about this pod, so I am looking forward to it.
The Gold Cayenne, and Ring of Fire are also in bloom, though no pods yet; a curious thing, since the annums have always fared better in colder weather (and this April/may has been a bit cooler than normal).
The Goats Weed looks absolutely fab. It's like The Capsicum Deities decided they wanted a plant to be coated with velour, and made it so! Cotton Candy wrapped chilli plants!
It is starting to show little buds, so no doubt I will soon be seeing new chillies (fingers crossed).
The Stromboli is also showing the start of its typical cluster of about 10-14 flowers, so that is also good news.
The Scorpion/GWH cross is doing well, but still no flowers...typical chinense...(grumble).
The two Fataliis are healthy and green, but haven't flowered or shown the slightest desire to do anything other than look 'ornamental'. I might move them to a sunnier/hotter spot to see if I can change that.
They vex me, those two.
As much as plants can vex a man.
Two years and zilch...
The Strawberry Guava is doing well, though a midget compared to the rest of the chillies. This is a plant that is supposed to grow to 6meters high, and right now it is well south of 6 inches. But it is growing very green and healthy with many leaves. I might take the Baby-bio with me to work Friday and see if we can give it a bit of nitrogen to help.
This one will be a slow grower, but I'll wait.
On a non-capsicum related note, I got a seed order I was waiting for quite excitingly today, and have sown quite a few new and quite diverse things.
5X Suriname Cherries (Eugenia uniflora)
5X Baby Kiwis (Actinidia arguta)
2X Bush Rose (Eucalyptis macrocarpa)
2X Black Mulberry (Morus nigra)
2X Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides)
2X Myrtle (Myrtus comunis)
2X Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendrum sempervirens)
Now, before you start asking 'What?!', there are simple and perfectly good explanations to all of these as well as the pack of Tea Tree and Cashew Apple I am desperately trying to sow in the next few days.
The Suriname Cherries remind me of the fence near one of my former workplaces, a day school which used to have them as part of the hedge rows. Why said day school chose to have a sour cherry bush as its hedgerow, I will never understand, but it always reminded me of that little area of a neighbourhood of my youth (my first job was age 16..a bit old, I know).
The Baby Kiwis and the Bush Rose Almapaprika and I saw whilst travelling recently 'down under', and in a way will hopefully serve as a reminder of that brief but fantastic time in a truly wonderful place (by the geographic distribution of the bush rose you can guess where we've been to :-P)
The Mulberry is because there is a great big mulberry tree near my place of work now, and though I've tried getting cuttings from it, nothing has worked.
That, and something about a monkey chasing a weasel (no doubt the weasel is a cheese thief...they all are).
The Gardenia because it is a smell of my youth, and I seem to recall it being prominent back home, and in some of the places I've lived in as well.
The Myrtle because it reminds me and almapaprika of a little holiday we had once...and because I want to eventually do the same liqueur they do in Corsica and Sardinia, Mirto!
The Giant Sequoia because, well, lets face it, who wouldn't. I mean it is just such a ginormous tree! It is the skyscraper of the vegetative world! If it does grow, then hundreds of years after I am gone, all things being positive, someone might walk up to it and say
'Blasted thing is ruining my perfectly good view of the natural (not man influenced over the course of several millennium oh no!, heaven forbid!) English Countryside! Who was the genius who planted this here?!'
And my work will be done.
The Tea tree because Almapaprika and I, along with another two close friends walked through the closest thing to a tea tree forest in Oz, and the smell was so fragrant and fresh.
...and we can lure quokkas!
The Cashew Apple, well, you're not really from Aji Chombo Land if you've not had a Cashew Apple tree growing in your back garden, and have had the cashew apple juice permanently stain your shirt, had cashew apple jam, and roasted cashew nuts in a fire to get the slightly burn, warm and oh-so-tasty roasted cashew nuts and pigged out!
And yes, this last plant is strictly tropical, cannot grow above a very specific altitude, and the slightest frost kills it.
Which makes it a challenge to grow.
One final thing and I shall leave you to digest this all:
I was really 'chuffed', as the Brits say, to see that five friends have asked me for chilli seeds this year, and two are already growing plants from those seeds!
I would like to think that in a little way, I am helping to spread the word about how totally awesome (TMNT moment, there) chillies are!
I will try to post photos of this years plants as soon as I can, provided I finish my assignments in time.