It's been a very satisfying week as I've managed to make a success of two things: one I've never tried before, the other where I've failed previously. I hope you don't mind while I bang on my drum a little bit...
Firstly, I've managed to get the moth orchid I posted about here to bloom again. This is despite my completely destroying its leaves because I left it outside whilst the nights were really too cold to do so safely. According to an aside in a fab book I'm reading at the moment (The Flower of Empire), the key to orchid success is not to let the roots die. Seeing they're in rude health, perhaps that's why I have a positive result.
Now, I've got to achieve the same with the Cymbidium mentioned in the same post. It's enjoying its summer holiday on the patio very much and is currently throwing out a couple of new shoots. Perhaps that's why it's not flowering...
And here's my 'Basket of Fire' chilli plant. I've never managed to get to this stage before because I've always put my plants out onto the patio during the summer. I've since learnt we don't quite have the climate to do that (even in a good year) and as you can see, the indoor windowsill treatment has corrected the problem.
We had a bit of a debate on Twitter on whether I needed to give a helping hand with pollination. It was split pretty much 50:50, so I decided not to and see what happened. I doubt if I had 100% self pollination, but then I've got more than enough chillis for my needs with this variety, with more still to come.
My next challenge is to keep this plant as a perennial and add it to my Edible House Plant collection.
Isn't it great when you learn a little bit more about a vast subject and then find you have success? Long may the learning continue :)