Fall surprises

Chile peppers hiding in the sunflowers

Just when I had given up on my sad-looking, spindly poblano plant, it decided to prove me wrong. (I get to be wrong a lot in the garden.) It cleverly concealed its fruits in the shape of withered sunflower leaves amid all the withered sunflower leaves. And that’s not the only strange thing.

Out of season pear blossom

My pear tree is flowering again! Very pretty white blossoms, but why? Is the weather really that confusing?