I was undergoing my daily chilli plant check, and paying particular attention to the sole flower in bloom on Cellia, when I noticed she’d clearly been visited by a bee and pollinated. Here’s a picture, look closely at the center of the flower:
That right there is the very early beginnings of a chilli pepper. I believe as it grows the flower, having completed its purpose, will die back to reveal the growing chilli. It’s a very exciting moment and I’m looking forward to having this first chilli when it is fully grown.
Look at those chilli plants! To think they were tiny, crumb sized, seeds a few months ago that I had brought home from Wahaca. As you can see in the above picture they have flourished and are beginning to ‘bush out’, growing side shoots and increasing the volume of leaves on them. They have been moved yet again into even bigger pots, these are the pots they will stay in from now on.
You might notice that one of them, Derreck, has grown much taller than the rest. This is, presumably, due to my scientific streak. Shortly after repotting the chillis I went away for a week and was concerned that inside the greenhouse they would not have enough water and would wilt and die. The Summer is upon us and it gets very hot in there. Consequently I moved three of the chillis outside to feed on the rain water but left Derreck inside to see how he would cope. When I returned I discovered he grown into a giant! His leaves are darker and larger than the others but are also sparser. I also planted Geoffrey in some home-mulched compost, the rest are in store bought stuff, which may go someway towards explaining why he is a little behind the rest in his growth.
Now I had six chillis, so where are the other two? Look on:
Thomasina has been brought outside to play, she’s growing slower than the rest, which may be due to her smaller pot, but is otherwise happy sunbathing. Little Pedro, very truly the runt of the litter, has been popped into a hanging basket where he is currently undergoing a growth spurt.
One last note, shortly before I came to write this post I had a pleasant surprise. The very first flower has bloomed on my chillis and the honour goes to Cellia. No longer the biggest chilli she is still nonetheless the matriarch and leader of the pack. The rest of the big pot chillis have unleashed a horde of buds, a few of which you can see below, and will soon also bloom. Enjoy the flower:
This week’s story is now up here, and in contrast to last week it’s a lot sunnier and brighter in tone.
I was heavily influenced by the green nature spirit in Fantasia 2000. If you’ve seen either Fantasia film then you’ll know that the images are created to correspond to the classical music, so that they tell stories without any dialogue. I’ve tried to emulate that in my writing, giving no dialogue or inner monologue, just a description of the events occurring. Similarly the nature spirit in Fantasia 2000 tries to bring the forest to life but is halted by a volcano, all turns out well though as the now fertile land can be forested with ease. The fairy empress in my story brings the flower fairies to life, there is no climactic disaster for her to deal with but there are extremes of weather as I tried to focus on the seasonal changes plants have to deal with, all of which is circular in nature.
Do tell me if you enjoyed reading it and how you think I might improve, or what you might prefer and I’ll see you next week.