Ventured down to the plot today. It’s been damp and miserable all week, and with work I haven’t been able to get down to the plot. I wanted to double check the chillies, and was heartened to find that they are still there. All very bushy and green, I don’t have the heart to euthanise them. So much for entering the dorset naga challenge, I have not harvested one chilli from any of them. Seems cruel to let them continue, when there doesn’t seem to be any fruit forthcoming. They all look healthy, burgeoning with blooms. But still nothing. All very disappointing. Even now, we are half way through November. How long further will these things go? I doubt very much that I will get a chilli this Christmas! Not sure now, as to what chillies i will sow next year. Might go back to basic cayenne and see what happens.
At the centre of the plot is William Shakespeare 2000. A beautiful red rose, that when in full bloom, smells of lemons. That too is still going. In fact, I counted eleven blooming roses across the plot. Even the week before last,I had eleven roses that I harvested to fashion a bouquet from. I don’t recall roses being in bloom at this point in the year before. And there are quite a few bushes on the plot. I tinkered with the climbing roses, golden showers and i think the other one is called danse de Feu. These just needed tying in to the metal arch. Which reminded me to prune there roses on the plot. A task made somewhat easier, in having been deadheading blooms over the summer as I went along. The more established posh roses, such as christian dior, Lover’s meeting, silver jubilee, pascali, peace rose, harry wheatcroft, have grown upwards quite a bit. Less so with the width of these. The less established lost label roses are a mixed bag. Still quite small, a handful are quite tall, and still very leaf. No idea what they are, hence the name A lot pink ones, an odd orange one.Was looking at where I might squeeze in another couple of roses bushes. Given how we have Shakespeare all ready, Anne Boleyn might be one to window shop.
The autumn bliss raspberry will also need to be pruned. I’m not entirely sure what to do with those.
The interior of the poly tunnel looks a bit like Miss. Havisham’s boudoir at the moment. All of the chillies are still fleeced over. Good thing too as we had the first frost this week. Today was the first opportunity that I had to check that the chillies were all there, and yes they are. One or two leaves have gone a little black, but the rest remain green. May have to feed them, but they are all still very green, leafy and there are lots of flower buds.
As they look so leafy, and full of buds, I don’t really want to euthanise them. I would just like to have one chilli!
These are the chillies plants earlier this week. We have since had a frost, but these were all fleeced. This in the vain hope that they wouldn’t be hurt, but you never know. They might look a bit robust, but so far, they’ve been very leafy but not provided any fruit.
There are a number of chillies in the poly tunnel:
bengle and Dorset naga
hot patio sizzle
The tobasco is actually nearly five foot tall, and only just starting to send out tiny little white flowers. The others are still leafy. As you can see , I have been finding some of the white flowers and tickling them. it’s too cold to keep the poly open, and there are not many flying insects around to help pollinate.
I didn’t plan to over winter these plants, but I am now debating as to how long I can keep them. I do need to check, actually, if they are still alive. It may well be that Mother Nature has already given me an answer to that question. Would be disappointing if they have all ceased to exist. This year we have had the grand sum of three chillies.
It’s been a wet and windy week in blighty, the nights are drawing in and the temperatures are dropping. With work, I’ve not been able to pop down to the plot during the week. I wandered down today in the vain hope that some of the superhots might have started to fruit, There is has been nothing in terms of habaneros yet, which is disappointing. What I do have, is quite a lot of foliage and white flowers dotted around. The number of flowers is certainly greater than during the summer, and to be frank, I have been ignoring the chilli plants.
What I have done, is walked into the poly, and done the shake shake. Shaken the plants from side, in the same way a breeze might. Hoping that this may help the self pollination. There are not many insects around, and touching the flowers risks them falling off. Even the serrano chilli plant is full of flowers now, Though these are slightly rusty looking, which doesn’t bode well.
Checked the aubergines, with their lilac floo’ers. There are quite a few now, so you never know if we are going to have more of those.
Did the hokey cokey with the hot thai chilli plant, and thought why is there a bit of red ribbon down there. It was not a red ribbon, it was a ripe fruit. There were exclamations of oh em gee. And it’s hot, as i had a rather itchy palm just from holding it.
You have to wipe down your glasses after stepping in as the temperature rises in there.
Is burgeoning in there with blooming aubergines. There are cascades of lilac flowers. If you look closely, having delicately stepped inside; there are a few white chilli and pepper flowers. Still don’t fancy even touching the habanero or naga plants at risk of dropping the flowers.
The crimson sweet water melon is vining all over that place and today i spotted two fruit in need of pollinating. Sweet potatoes are also sprawling everywhere.
Meet Thornton, he is a chocolate habanero; and he has a flower.
The first of the proper hot ones to set a flower and bloom. Even tickled to make sure. Just hope that it doesn’t et stressed and fall off. That’s not an innuendo, if the plant gets stressed then the flowers don’t set any fruit.
These are some of the plants that were nearly cooked to dearth. So they need a little loving. Sat in lot of water, I am trying to revive them a little. A few of the leaves are very limp; but a few are bit more waxy and toughened looking.
The pretty purple has succumbed and ceased to exist. The two California wonder sweet peppers are also a bit ropey looking.
Had an God awful panic. Went into the poly tunnel and there were burned chillies. Drooping and nearly dying. Have had to soak them all with the heavy loads of water. The chocolate and orange habanero have both been doused and placed into the ground with fish blood and bone. Couple of the bengle and Dorset Naga leaves were nipped beyond repair, so have been taken off. Think the pretty purple is a write off, and possibly one of the California wonder sweet peppers.
Really quite devestating, in underestimating how hot the poly and Wendy can get. Jamaican jerk and scotch bonnets have also been stuck in lots of water.