These peppers will eventually turn orange but they’re a bit behind. I am honestly surprised to have any at all. They came in a packet marked with germination problems and I actually started them several times thinking I had been unsuccessful. And then, when most of the other seedlings had gone outside to harden off I discovered a tiny seedling had germinated in an unmarked cup, something that had slipped through the cracks in my sophisticated tagging system. A little while later I was able to identify the seedling as a pepper plant. I guessed it was probably the ‘Orchid’ and it was. Yay!
‘Orchid’ is a fruity scotch bonnet type although I have read that its heat rating is only a 2. I guess we’ll find out soon enough. It’s other name is ‘Aji Flor.’ ‘Aji’ is a common prefix used to identify peppers with a Peruvian ancestry. Most of these Peruvian peppers fall under the botanical Capsicum baccatum while the most of the popular hot peppers varieties have the species name annum.
Phew. All of that before noon!
Look who showed up looking for lunch while I was out on the roof taking photos yesterday afternoon. He had absolutely no fear whatsoever. I could have reached out and touched him. I yelled and stomped around and he just looked at me like I was holding out a bag of peanuts.
He ain’t care. He is nothing if not the most laid back squirrel there ever was.
I’m so confused. Is he the one who’s been pulverizing my tomatoes? I thought it might be him because my neighbor mentioned seeing him a few times. But then the raccoons started coming around every night and I was sure the decimated bits of scattered tomato was their handiwork. They have a way with just ripping plants to shreds. But that’s the thing. The culprit has been ripping the tomatoes to shreds but the plants themselves have been left intact. Raccoons tend to take out everything in their path, fruit, plants, the lot. And this tomato stealer is a tricksy one. This guy or gal only goes for ripe tomatoes. Squirrels are never that discerning. They tend to just sample everything and leave what doesn’t suit them.
I’m starting to think that my next role as a gardener should be CSI: Garden. I need to spend the winter getting studied up on your scatology, and your bite mark identification. I need to put myself together one of those fancy C.S.I gadget cases, complete with crime scene markers, DNA kits, assorted envelopes, those cotton swabs tucked into plastic cases that close jobbies, and a vat of sticky lip venom puffing gloss. Or personal lip collagen injection kit.
Or maybe I just like a good mystery and I’m over thinking it. Maybe it doesn’t matter who’s eating the tomatoes. What matters is that they are eating most of each fruit they take rather then taking one bite and leaving the rest.
And by the looks of things, I’d say they are enjoying it.
On the left: Freshly harvested and covered in soil.
On the right: Washed and showing their color.
Some readers asked for Polaroids and all I needed was a little enabling. I swear to you that this is it!
At least until the seeds start to develop….
I don’t know the name of this variety but looking at the patterns I’d hazard a guess that it includes the word “ripple.”