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March Chilli Reflections

Friday, 02 Mar 12 Rainy 12°C / 54°F

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Mmmm… It’s been a pretty mixed bag, really. I’ve managed to fry a fair few of my chillies under the new lights, and seriously under-water those remaining (the 4:1 mix is obviously more freely draining than anticipated)! As a result, I have, as of today’s potting on session only 1 or 2 of everything, which doesn’t really leave much room for “attrition” later on!

Couple this with a serious aphid infestation which appeared overnight while I was away recently, and which I’m struggling to get on top of, the early start seems to have been rather more trouble than it’s worth. I’ve been squishing, washing, and dunking in garlic and chilli solution, and the little s***s seem to be completely unphased by it all. Don’t want to resort to poison, but if it comes to a choice between that and no Chillies, I’m afraid my lofty organic principles are flying straight out of the window!

To top it all off, there’s been a complete and utter rota failure at work (not my fault), and it turns out that I’m on Nights this weekend (and should have been there yesterday evening, rather than drinking wine and watching “The Killing”!)

But to end on a positve note: The geraniums are budding, the Camellia is about to burst into bloom, the Blueberry is also budding, I’ve harvested more salad than 2 people can reasonably eat (it seems it was just pretending to be dead, and the recent sunny/warm weather has induced a Lazarus-style resurrection), and the Hellebore that was the subject of the “Nephew + Weedkiller Attack Incident” is now blooming merrily! The Mini Iris continue to look beautiful, and I’ve spent much of the morning watching 3 squrrels play/squabble/procreate. Although I’ve lost a Sorrel, and several of the Oregano, there’s hope in the herb-garden in the form of some gorgeous fresh shoots of Tarragon and the Mint and Lemon Balm have also decided to put in an appearance

Another upside: The unexpected Night shifts mean that I get most of next week off to spend as I will: let’s just hope that the predicted freeze doesn’t arrive

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Day 294

Oregano "Country Cream"

Origanum vulgare

Day 384

Sorrel

Rumex acetosa

Day 346

Black peppermint

Mentha x piperita vulgaris

Day 329

New (non-variegated) Applemint

Mentha suaveolens

Day 343

Pineapple Mint

Mentha suaveolens var. variegata

Day 346

Applemint

Mentha suaveolens

Day 343

Chocolate Mint

Mentha x piperita f. citrata

Day 580

Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis

Day 335

French Tarragon

Artemisia dracunculus

Day 153

Hellebore "Double Queen"

Helleborus

Day 153

Winter Mix

Day 148

Wild Rocket

Eruca sativa

Day 148

Mustard "Oriental Ruby Streak"

Brassica juncea

Day 148

Pak Choi "Rubi"

Brassica rapa (Chinensis Group)

Day 148

Choy Sum

Brassica rapa (Chinensis Group)

Day 328

Blueberry "Sunshine Blue"

Vaccinium corymbosum

Day 153

Camellia "Black Lace"

Camellia

Day 278

Regal Pelargonium "Classic Burghi"

Pelargonium x domesticum

Day 278

Regalia Chocolate

Pelargonium x domesticum

Day 677

Concolor Lace

Pelargonium fragrans

Day 677

Variegated Fragrans

Pelargonium fragrans

Day 2138

Regalia Lilac

Pelargonium

Day 677

Pink Capitatum

Pelargonium graveolens

Day 677

Attar of Roses

Pelargonium capitatum

The Back Bedroom Grow garden

Day 154

Mini Iris in a Beautiful Blue Pot

Iris reticulata

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