The first red pepper bud flowered on the weekend. It's as delicate as a snow drop; pure and white with velvety teardrop-shaped petals - in sharp contrast to the hot pungent red peppers they'll metamorphose into!
I planted the seeds in the second week of November and, according to the growing instructions, come late February I'll be cooking up some long red horn peppers on the barbie. ....
Sadly growth and death are part of every garden and I returned from my south coast trip to find the marigolds I'd planted around the base of the curry leaf tree curry covered with strange grey spots.
A quick google search helped me identify it as botrytis blight - a common fungal disease that strikes marigolds.