oh the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful

don555(3a)November 10, 2012

Here's the weather, yah, that's Zone 3 for you...:

Here's the fire:

I'm not entirely sure what this is, I grew it from seed from Esox07 (Bruce), originally from Pepper Joe, that there was some controversy about. I think it was finally called "some kind of Naga". Anyway, have 3 plants of it growing under lights, started them July 15 to get an early start for winter, 2 peppers now turned red. That seems fast to me -- under 4 months from planted seed to ripe fruit.

They don't set fruit particularly well though, and rarely do their stamens release pollen so I've been pollinating them with some other pepper that I also have 3 plants of under lights, planted about a month later. So the Naga fruit will have hybrid seeds, except for possibly a few I've pollinated with Naga pollen and then isolated (not sure they will take yet).

Here's a couple pics of my pollinator pepper, which sets pollen very nicely under lights. I'm not sure what it is, I collected the seeds this fall from a plant in my garden that I bought at a garden centre and was mislabelled "long hot cayenne". They seem to grow true from seed, as all 3 plants look the same as the parent.

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    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 8:58AM
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yikes! I was surprised when I read the "S word" in our forecast for tonight / tomorrow morning (no accumulation). Mid 70's yesterday and high in the 30's tomorrow!

The peppers do look nice and warm, though!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 9:48AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Fantastic, Don!

Yesterday, I was at a friend's house working a fire-pit...and we enjoyed about forty minutes
of snow as a big black cloud crawled over us. It all melted swiftly, however, and the fire roared on!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 11:24AM
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rockiecarol(4 to 3)

that fire is delightful

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 9:10PM
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It doesn't show signs of stopping,
And I've got some pods on plants inside a popping,
The lights are turned way up HIGH,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2012 at 10:21PM
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Looking like a very early winter here, perhaps the earliest I can recall. Warm to mid-October, then snow and cold came suddenly, Halloween was white. Early November mild spell melted most of the snow in the sun but not in the shade, then had 8"-10" of fresh snow on Nov. 7, little melting since then. More snow expected tomorrow. Looks like it is here until late March or early April now. Oh well, Christmas lights are up and look good against the snow. And hot peppers indoors are doing well. Time to start planning next year's outdoor garden...

    Bookmark   November 18, 2012 at 4:18AM
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