A weekend of contrasts

On Saturday I harvested another five yellow peppers – if someone had told me I’d still be harvesting them now I would have thought they were crazy.

4 of the peppers were on one plant

Peppers in December was something I would never have dreamed possible!

I also harvested more chillies – red and green to freeze ready to make Thai curry pastes when I have time.

Red chillies before packing them for the freezeer

I have already dried a huge quantity but sometimes I prefer using fresh chillies to dried. There was a solitary aubergine left on a skeleton of a plant, I thought it would be bad inside but when I sliced it to cook; it was hard and white inside and tasted delicious, after roasting in the oven along with the peppers. I even found a few raspberries, though the flies seemed to be enjoying them which rather put me off eating them. While walking around the garden I found this fallen leaf in amongst some wild rocket plants.   Quite why so many snails of varying sizes where congregated there but they made a good photo before I disposed of them! It was cold in the morning and a little grey but by mid-day the sun was shining and it felt warm on my back as I continued tidying up the vegetable garden.  When I went to bed the stars were shining so I imagined that it would be a cold night! I awoke to a pink tinted dawn and blanket frost on the fields, but it was Sunday so I snuggled back into bed, promising myself that I would get up to photograph the frost before it disappeared.  I was due to help some friends, who have just started a nursery, to put the plastic on their poly-tunnel so I was very glad it wasn’t raining today as had been forecast. Again I didn’t expect that the plants that would look the best with frost on would be silver leaved varieties.

Cerastium tormentosum

21 thoughts on “A weekend of contrasts

  1. What a lovely entry! Those snail shells almost looked liked finely painted stones. I hate snails, but how beautiful they looked in your picture!

  2. What a lovely post.
    And so surprising to still be harvesting.
    I hate snails, as they virtually destroyed my garden, but your photo of them is beautiful.
    Peppers and frost. who’d believe it.

    • Thank you for your comments, I don’t think there will be any more red or yellow peppers and I need to think of recipes for the green peppers that remain unripened, any ideas? Christina

    • Thank you Catherine, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I picked the leaf out of the rocket. the snails looked so amazing – all different sizes and such beautiful coloured shells. Christina

  3. Your peppers and chilis are beautiful! Scott looked at all the photos and said that the only thing that resembles our garden is the driest, most shriveled up raspberry. You’ve definitely made the most of your garden this year!

    Even the frost is beautiful…

    • Hi Donica. I’m very surprised too at just how long the peppers have continues to grow and ripen. I think they will be the last, although there are still lots of green ones, so who knows!

  4. Such beautiful – and contrasting – images Christina! The peppers glow with summer, and the frost makes me want to shiver. How kind of the snails to arrange themselves so aesthetically for camera capture and disposal!!

  5. Who would have thought: peppers and ice in the same post. I also still have a very few peppers left, most now in an unheated greenhouse. Summer into December. A good run this year, I’d say. And now it’s time for the winter crops…

    • Hi Mark, no I don’t grow anything under cover, actually a greenhouse is on the wish list. I planted the chillies, tomatoes, peppers etc on April 17th. You can read all about the vegetable garden on its own page – when I plant, what I palnt and when I harvest. I’ve been harvesting chillies all summer; lots I’ve left in the sun to dry. I put in 6 plants bec<use they come as plug plants in packs of 6, I probably only really need two plants, but I'm happy to give away the surplus. Christina

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