Sunday, July 27, 2008

Chill(y)ing out!

There are peppers to tingle your taste buds, to make you sweat and cry, to squeeze your salivary juices out... But then there are some which delight you by their sheer presence!! You do not generally eat them or add them to any cuisine, but like some exotic expensive stone, they adorn the garden and add to its beauty and value. These are the ornamental peppers – the jewels of my garden. Whenever I have been visited by a friend or a neighbor, who has even a remote interest in gardening, these beauties have caught the beholder’s attention. And, very proudly, now and then, have I deliberately flaunted the gems to anyone who was impertinent enough to not to ask me about them. I first spotted these peppers at a wayside resort. They caught my fancy and I wanted them immediately, and very desperately, for my own garden. It was my garden help who arranged for the seeds from different places, as we do not yet have an organized seed shop network in my city. That gives me an idea to pioneer a seed shop network here:-)

20 comments:

Chandramouli S said...

Wow! Quite a collection you got there! Especially the yellow ones are beautiful. Now I want them for my tiny garden too [jumping].

Claude said...

Ornamental peppers are some of the favorites in my garden, easy to grow and very attractive...

Those orange peppers are very unususal... I think your idea of a seed network is a very good idea for a hobby type business, especially if there are none in your area...

Terra farmer said...

A very attractive collection! The round ones look delectable!
Thank you for visiting my blog and for leaving a comment. Your collection of pots is also quite something!

60 Going On 16 said...

Have just discovered your delightful blog, which took me back to a memorable and happy visit to India earlier this year. Wonderful photos - and a very different garden from mine in wetter, chillier Mid-Devon in England.

Is the chocolate labarador who appears in the photo with your daughter (April 10 post) also yours? I have one too (and a daughter - but a very grown-up one!)

Cosmos said...

I wonder whether it is an Orange or a Pepper!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

I just love the chilies especially 'red hot chiliepeppers'.

Julie said...

I love them all...nice planted together too, for a big showing of color!

Matron said...

I agree with you, they are beautiful and interesting to grow but much too hot for my palate. I am growing some West Indian Scotch Bonnet chillis in my greenhouse, I doubt whether I will have the courage!!

Annie in Austin said...

We have some for eating that are both pretty and pretty hot - none in that lovely orange color, however!

Also, Green Thumb, there are small, decorative native peppers called Chili pequin which once planted are spread around by the birds, who love the red fruits.

Good luck with the seed shop!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

rusty in miami said...

I am trying ornamental peppers for the first time my garden this year. I have a couple of plants that were giving to me by fellow gardener.

chaiselongue said...

Beautiful jewels! I hadn't realised there were so many varieties of chillies.

krinish said...

Hey, i read some where you required some seeds. Sort of seed swap.
Its season here in bangalore, and there has been fresh stocks which i have bought just a week ago.

Please send me the link where you posted the seeds you want, I will try to courier it to you.

krinish

Aiyana said...

My daughter has some of those round peppers, and one day I tried them. They are so hot they actually made my teeth hurt. It's as if the capsaicin penetrated my tooth enamel. Awful!!
Aiyana

Padma said...

Lovely post, can you pass on to me some of those garden fresh chillies? juz kidding! pls. drop by my blog and pick up your award. :)

Yolanda Elizabet said...

If you got it, flaunt it! And as you've got those gorgeous jewels, flaunt them to your heart's delight. ;-)

Setting up a seed shop network sounds like a wonderful idea!

م .اشرف شرف الدين الشريف said...

very very beautiful

Carol said...

Always wonderful blooms in your garden. Thanks for joining in for bloom day!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Nicole said...

I'll be happy to do a seed exchange with you-just let me know your ten most wanted seeds and I'll get the packets for you-and in return you can just save and send some seeds from your garden for me!

Anonymous said...

Try doing a search on "ruella" for the one you have labelled as Francisia. I have the purple ruella in my yard. Here are the links confirming the name. Thanks.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Wayside_Tuberose_-Ruella_tuberosa-_flower_in_Hyderabad,_AP_W_IMG_6628.jpg
http://www.pbase.com/missy_gardenwhimsy/image/86242159/small
http://www.jaycjayc.com/ruellia-brittoniana-katie-dwarf-purple/
http://davesgarden.com/community/blogs/i/33668/
http://www.emilycompost.com/mexican_petunia.htm

vrajesh said...

good work.i made a link with your post.thank you.

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