Saturday, August 18, 2012

A gift of peppers

Coming back down from the mountains for the beginning of another fall semester, it was a gift to have a green and flourishing garden.  Yes, it's overgrown, the meadow is a mess (but there was a southern-bound monarch flitting around the scruffy common milkweed plants, too).  The zoysia lawn that came with the house is looking great, thanks to intermittent rains throughout the summer.  In the last two summers, we came home to parched beds and a crispy lawn, with the woodland garden parched, so it's great to have something different.

My main perennial border doesn't look too bad, but has the usual redbud seedlings that need to be cut out (this was last year's post about the same problem).

Happily, the satellite garden is ready to plant with fall greens, or almost ready, after some quick turning of beds.  I'd spent quite a bit of time on my last visit prepping soil, adding compost, weeding, etc.  Hooray!  And the main vegetable garden, ditto. 

Except for the hulking Florida Anise that has engulfed my potting bench AND access to the last block in the main vegetable garden.  I think I'll need to get in reinforcements, and they won't be my gardening companion or assistant, both of whom have other responsibilities this fall.  Tim has classes to teach, and a new book project, and Woody, well, he's got cheering up duties and is healing a sore knee.

But, it's fun to contemplate sowing seeds of hardy greens, spinach, and lettuce here, and maybe I'll try some beets, peas, and fava beans, too. Who knows?  Every season brings something new to the garden.

Finally, the gift of peppers.  A 'pizza' pepper plant in the satellite garden had 4 beautiful red peppers on it.  They're thick-walled and sweet.  Definitely a gift from a plant that had had no care all summer.


  1. Welcome home to the Upstate. Wish my peppers were thick- walled, seldom happens. Oh well.
    thanks for stopping by my post. Randy Emmitt IDed the cute violet-blue flower. Elephantopus tomentosus! Thanks for confirming the other one was in the Joe-Pye family.

  2. The true thickwalled 'Pizza' peppers are well worth searching out --I'll post a photo about them. I've gotten seeds from Territorial and Renee's, but there are also other thin-walled imposters out there! Now that I'm thinking about it, I think I'll save seeds this year.

    Smart of Randy to id Elephantopus -- the flowers are so small, I'd not ever noticed their details!


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