Thursday, 12 January 2012

The Chillis are not giving up yet

I thought I had done quite well to be able to pick ripe Chillis for Christmas, but our mild weather has continued, so I am still picking ripe chillis in the second week of January.

The plants in the little plastic mini-greenhouses look very bedraggled now. Most of the foliage has gone brown, or has dropped off, but a few of the fruits are continuing to ripen:




I picked a couple of the fruits because I thought they would be suitable subjects for trying out my new Macro lens. I'm still trying to work out how to get the best results from this lens, but the early indications are favourable!



Given the "antique" treatment...

And this... what does it remind you of?


Well I don't know what you were thinking of, but it reminds ME of a pig's tail !!


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1. Adam at Sladevalleyroots - an allotment gardener
2. Green Dragonette  - a budding Foodie, I think.

17 comments:

  1. I am going to have a look at those blogs, have a nice weekend.

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  2. You are a real Year Around Gardener! I like your Macro lense shots!

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  3. Your insides must be very warmed up by now with such a non-stop source of chillies. I expect your tummies glow.

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  4. Good to see your chillies hanging on, I've got one very forlorn plant left. Where are the frosts?

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  5. I'm thinking a hat - perfect for Ascot?

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  6. Where did you get that plastic mini-greenhouse pot? Did you buy it or make it? I want one.

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  7. Good to still see your chillies. Like the antique treatment.
    Your post suddenly makes me grateful for the sunny weather we have throughout the year in my region. Most of the time we're complaining about the heat, but we take for granted the wonders sunshine does for our plants.

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  8. KL: I bought the plastic mini-greenhouses. There are lots of places in the UK where you can buy them online. I described mine in detail in a post from 14 Sept 2010 - http://marksvegplot.blogspot.com/2010/09/mini-greenhouses.html

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  9. Oh my! How kind of you Mark to mention my Blog-that is so nice of you! Having only started all this blogging just a couple of weeks ago I am still very much having to learn what to do still but it is great fun and addictive...Your Blog is very inspirational and I am loving following the comments to other peoples’ wonderful Blogs too. Thank you so much for your comments on my blog-you are so right-it does inspire me to continue!

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  10. You chili plants might just hang on in there if this mild weather continues. It's amazing what's still producing and flowering out of season.

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  11. It reminded me of something like a slug crawling into a tomato!

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  12. Our mild weather took a nasty turn last night(I believe at least half of the states got some of this nasty storm system), wind and 25 degrees this morning. BRRRRRRRRRRr!
    Will check out those blogs as well. Thanks!

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  13. I've just harvested the last 4 of my chillies - my single chilli plant reflowered in August and I never expected the flowers to develop into fruit that late in the year but it's completely amazed me and given me a second harvest. It feels really special to be using home grown chillies in January - it was the same when eating my fresh picked balcony tomatoes on New Year's Day! Zero degrees forecast for tonight and tomorrow in North London - looks like winter weather may be here after all!

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  14. Lucky you to have managed to keep those peppers going so long. A real treat to enjoy fresh ripe peppers during the dark days of winter.

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  15. Great pictures. Hard to believe you still have peppers this time of year. Good job keeping them going!!

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  16. We've been having a mild winter here in the midwest (Ohio) in the United States too. Not sure what is going on with this year. I love your antique picture. It reminds me of those vintage food labels or something.

    Lynn

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