First times: first flower
Gardening (even or maybe especially on a small balcony) is about the pleasure of seeing growth, of following the steps a plant takes to move from seeds to fruit. One of the most beautiful stages in this process is when the first flower opens its petals. Here is this summer’s first chili pepper flower.
The plant it belongs to is already three years old and I overwinter it inside in the coldest and darkest room of our apartment. That is not as ideal as a greenhouse, but has worked for most plants so far. I repotted the pepper this spring and lots of new leaves and flower buds suggest that it is more than happy about the larger pot and fresh soil.