June 21, 2005

The Complete Life History Of A Chilli: Part 9

We still have a lot of chillis in the kitchen, though many have been sent to good homes. A few have also been planted outdoors in the trough with the tomatoes, and are looking very strong.
Some of the ones indoors are flowering. And we all know what flowers signify, don’t we?
Ostensible chillies.


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14 thoughts on “The Complete Life History Of A Chilli: Part 9

  1. My advice? Don’t count your chillies before they hatch.

    Karen on June 21, 2005
  2. Did you pinch the tip out, Pix? We got flowers very soon after doing that. Perhaps it could sit out on the balcony in this nice weather, for a bit more sunshine?

    Karen on June 23, 2005
  3. Yeah, I did, and then it got a wee bit taller, and the stalk got a lot thicker, and then just recently, some new leaves have started to poke from the top again, and a few tiny almost leaves from the bits where the other leaves join the stalk.
    Maybe I need to re-pot him?

  4. That sounds like reasonable progress, just a little slower than our lot – but they do have a very sunny windowsill to sit on. Don’t panic!

    Karen on June 23, 2005
  5. Don’t you mean “potential” chillies?
    An ostensible chilli would be a chilli that might not actually really be a chilli but was just pretending to be one for reasons of political or social expediency, but was in fact, so please you, a carrot, or some other thing.

    Nev on June 23, 2005
  6. Some other thing? Like, perhaps, a flower?

    Pete on June 23, 2005
  7. Once you’ve known Pete for a year or two [sic], you’ll start to notice that he occasionally uses a word that is ever so slightly wrong, just to amuse himself.

    Karen on June 23, 2005
  8. Wealthy ex-grandparents. Though if someone would pay me a

    Pete on June 24, 2005
  9. Just thought I’d let the proud parents know the progress of one of their fostered chillis:
    Earnest is doing well, although his masculinity is being threatened by the little white flowers he now has all over him.
    I think he might be trying to grow a moustache.

    Rach on July 5, 2005
  10. Thanks for the update, Rach. And remember that if you have to accept Earnest for who he is, or you’ll alienate him. If you support him during this time of confusion, he stands a better chance of finding his true identity, and he’ll be much happier for it.

    Pete on July 5, 2005

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