So as always, I start the year with good intentions, with plans for bigger, better and of course more regular posts – and what happens? it’s nearly May already! how did that happen???… apologies….
We have not been idle though and there is so much to catch up on…
First of all we are delighted to be back at Hampton Court with our Grow Your Own Curry Stand but the huge interest in curry ingredients last year has sparked us to branch out into new avenues. All the curry ingredients discussed on this blog are now available to grow at home. Some are ready now and more are available to preorder directly through the website at www.plants4presents.co.uk
As well as the big display at Hampton Court which we have been growing for, for months, we will also be at several other chilli festivals across the south east this year with a wider and hotter range of chilli plants for sale.
Catch us at
- Hampton Court Flower Show 8th-14th July
- Tri Chilli Festival, Wincanton 20th July
- West Dean Chilli Festival TBC
- Bennington Chilli Festival 25th August
- Fiery Foods Festival, Brighton, 20th September
Alongside old favourites like apaches, twilights, thai demons, scotch bonnet and the delicious Friars Hats we’ll be adding some new chillies to our range of chilli plants this year. These include a few hotter habernero style chillies plus some fantastically named ‘bulgarian carrot’, ‘dragons back’ and ‘facing heaven’ chillies. We’re also reintroducing a popular turkish chilli we grow a few years ago with characteristic long knotty looking chillies. All these chillies have quite distinctive tastes and we’re really looking forward to developing some new recipes to suit each chilli
Like last year, the season has been ridiculously slow to start and a lot of plants are behind where we would expect them to be at this time of year. However with a few spells of sunshine between the showers in the last couple of weeks we are hoping that everything will soon start to catch up….