|Flowers on the "Serrano" chilli plant - 20 October 2011|
(By the way, this is where the one-handed photography starts. I couldn't get the chillis into a good photography position without holding them!)
The latest batch of Serranos has been much more typical in shape - longer, in other words.
Some of the "Pinocchio's Nose" chillis have grown to a good size. On the packet of seeds is says "Fruits may grow up to 25cm in length", but I'm not sure where you start measuring. Is it the beginning of the stem? Or the shoulders of the fruit itself? However you measure it, this is a big chilli.
This variety has been a lot slower to set fruit and a lot slower to ripen than the other types. These huge ones may have to be ripened indoors.
"Medium Long" has lots of ripe fruit now, looking very much like miniature Bell Peppers / Capsicums:
Only two or three of the "Cherry Bomb" ones have turned red. There are lots of green ones though.
While we're on the subject of late harvests, I must just mention that I'm still harvesting Runner beans. The overall appearance of the plants is decidedly tatty:
But despite this, I was able to pick this little collection last week. Notice that it includes the "non-conformist" one I showed you a few days previously.
Well, tatty foliage or otherwise, I'm not taking those plants down until one of two things happens:
A (preferred option) - the beans in the next picture get big enough to be worth picking, or
B - frost kills the plants.