Surprised / by Karie Luidens


A couple weeks ago I noted that my pepper plants were putting out purple flowers. Just kidding! I was surprised (and quite excited) to discover since then that those blossoms weren’t producing peppers after all. Turns out we’ve got eggplants in the garden! 

And peppers, too. These plants were gifts from a friend who had planted seeds in pots indoors but didn’t have room to transplant all of them in her own yard once they all began to grow. When she learned I had space she loaded some seedlings into a paper bag for me. I thought all four baby plants were pepper varieties. What a pleasant surprise to find that actually two of the mature plants are turning out peppers and the other two have pint-sized eggplants.