It’s the very best time of the year for grasses right now. Miscanthus is a ridiculously tall grass — this particular variety comes in at about 15′. I like the way light is caught by the plumes making them look a bit like a water fountain.
I’ve been bringing my plants inside recently. Some have come in and gone out to coincide with fluctuating temperatures, but the group you see here (photographed yesterday) are most likely in for good. By next week that windowsill will be stuffed with at least 2 more plants.
They are (left to right): ‘Variegata’ hot pepper, variegated Cuban oregano, a succulent whose name escapes me, Agave americana ‘Mediopicta Alba’, and Echeveria nodulosa (flowering!).
I bought this one last week.
I know it’s been a slow week around here. I’ve been fighting off the worst cold/flu/virus I can remember in recent history and have been in bed all week feeling like utter crap. Today is the first day I have felt confident about sitting up for more than an hour-long stretch or forming complete sentences (sort of). Poor me.
Not the best picture but I am very proud of my little ‘Chinese Ornamental’ hot pepper this year. I grew it from seed in spring 2008 and brought it inside over the winter. This is its second year producing lots of tiny peppers and it won’t be long before I bring it back indoors again.
I grow mine in a very small pot (about 5″ tall) as a test to see how well it will thrive and produce when pushed. Grow yours in a bigger pot and you’ll turn out a bigger plant and a lot more peppers.
Don’t let the word ‘ornamental’ fool you. These diminutive peppers are fiery, but definitely edible. My hot pepper days are long behind me; however, I like to put a few of these in my pickles to give to friends who like theirs spicy.
With so many options available these days, I wanted to grow a nasturtium variety this year that I had never tried before. I’ve enjoyed these bright blooms but I have to admit that ‘Empress of India’ are still my favourite variety to grow.