Saturday, 28 May 2011

Well packaged for the night

Tonight will be the first night out for the plants. It's below 13C, but I hope they will be OK under the net.

Looking good. Don't you think? :-)

Great news! Since they have spent more time outside, the aphids problems have more or less disappeared.

Regards,
  Mats

Friday, 27 May 2011

Sunday, 22 May 2011

Victim from the balcony

PI 596058 Chuquisac - one of the baccatum was broken on the balcony in the strong winds. I can sense a repetition from last year, when exactly the same thing happened. And from the years before.

Guarded by our Maya friend, I will see if it can develop roots. One has to try :-)

Wishing you all a nice week to come!
   Mats

But.... Where will we sit?

A sunny Sunday morning!

The question for today is - where will we sit???


Have a great Sunday everyone!

  Mats

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Trying to learn from experience

At least I hope that I'm a learning being. I try. But it's not easy!

Last year at this time, I moved the plants outside. Actually like I do every year. May 19th, as you can read in this post: http://chilesinstockholm.blogspot.com/2010/05/moving-out.html. It was not very successful... Plants broke, and were tortured by the strong spring winds.

So this year I will at least try to be more patient, and take care of them better. I don't have so many plants this year, so it's actually doable.

Here are the small ones. Shelter behind a fiber net. The sun and the wind makes it tough for them.

And the bigger ones, between chairs to get some shelter from the winds.

And the biggest one had to be moved inside. The winds were not easy for the plant, so it has to rest behind windows.

I plan to take them out in the mornings and in in the evenings for at least a week. Depending on the weather of course. Then I think they can be outside for the rest of the summer.

Wishing you all a nice weekend!

   Mats

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Five sauces - some new

My heart made a couple of extra beats when I saw the El Yucateco - Exxxtra picante - Salsa kutbil-ik de (what that now means??). But I believe it's a hot one. I think I sampled it many years ago. So it will be nice to try it again.

And being a great fan of chipotles, I was very happy to find the El Yucateco chipotle sauce!

And - the three different D'ELidas habanero sauces! How great! I will let you know later what I think about them!


Wishing you all a nice weekend!

   Mats

Monday, 9 May 2011

Seeing the beauty

Spring is such a fantastic time of the year. Nature is absolutely fantastic. Looking at small details in plants and trees reveals such beauty.

After leaving Carl in school, I took my favorite walk, just to watch the trees and listen to the birds. Fantastic. So with these words I wish you a great week!

Regards,
  Mats

Saturday, 7 May 2011

PI596058 - Chuquisac

Some of my baccatum have had flowers for a while, but I've had such enormous amounts of aphids. So it has not been so inspiring to take a picture of the plants. Now I have used huge amounts of pine tree soap, and there are still aphids on them, but I think I'm getting at least some control over the situation.

So here it is. My PI596058 - Chuquisac with typical C. baccatum flowers.

I think that as soon the plants can be moved outside, it will be easier to get rid of the aphids. But until then, I have to do the hard work...

Wishing you all a great weekend!
   Mats

Monday, 2 May 2011

Basil

My overwintered Basil is flowering!

And - two of this year's varieties are flowering now. Both are baccatum. It's the Chuquisac and Orange baccatum. I will soon get back with a chile pepper update.

Wishing you a great week!

    Mats

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Endorphin rush

Yes - I survived! Somewhere in Tennessee back in 1996 :-)

Keep it hot!
   Mats