Every year brings some new plant or variety to the garden. This year’s “finds” — new to me — are keepers.

Top of the list is ‘Klari Baby Cheese’ sweet pepper, a productive, easy-to-grow pepper that produces fruits that start out whitish-yellow and become red, sweet and thick-walled when ripe. Fedco Seeds carries this open-pollinated variety that is also called ‘Golden Delicious Apple Pepper.’

The “cheese” in the name refers to the round, somewhat flattened shape of the fruits, like a round of cheese; while “Klari” is the name of the woman who has maintained this seed, said Fedco, which introduced the variety to the Unites States from Hungary. Seeds of this variety are especially easy to save, just cut the pepper in half, scrape out the seeds with a knife or with your fingernail, and eat the remaining pepper. Let the seeds dry on a piece of newspaper for a few days, then store them in a dry, cool place until next spring. I have my own supply now, my own link to Ms. Klari.

Next comes ‘Chateau Rose’ tomato, which I first saw years ago when Jon Thurston took it to the Common Ground Country Fair. This year, on my annual pilgrimage to tour the Troy Howard Middle School garden, where Thurston teaches, I begged a few of these perfect fruits and am now saving seed from them.

Nature’s Rainbow, a supplier of heirloom vegetable seed in Ontario said that ‘Chateau Rose’ is a French Canadian heirloom from Quebec. The very productive plants are indeterminate, so they need a tall cage or stake. The fruits, which ripen in midseason, seem perfect: deep rosy red, perfectly medium in size, perfectly round in shape, with flawless, crack-resistant skin. They taste just right, too, not too sweet or tart; and nicely juicy. “One of our favorites,” says the Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project at schoolgardenproject.com/seeddef08.html. You might find these seeds packaged and for sale at the garden’s stand at 173 Lincolnville Ave. in Belfast in the spring, or at the Belfast Coop.

Fellow gardener Beedy Parker gave me a supply of ‘Sicilian’ green beans, pole beans that I grew up the stalks of ‘Mammoth Grey’ sunflowers. I started the sunflowers indoors a few weeks before the last spring frost to give them a head start; set them in the garden around May 30, and sowed beans at the base of the stalks a couple of weeks later. I could have sown the beans on May 30 and gotten an earlier harvest because the sunflowers shot up so fast and so tall that they would have been ahead of the beans from the start. Also, I could have sown more than one seed at the base of each sunflower. This is one way to grow pole beans without having to find poles. As I began harvesting the green beans, I snipped off the lower leaves of the sunflowers to make the job easier and to give the bean foliage more sun.

Finally, for now, here’s a flower that caught my eye in a friend’s garden: Celosia argentea spicata ‘Flamingo Feather.’ Johnny’s Selected Seeds carries this one, which would be a great addition to a flower garden or arrangement that called for something tall and spiky but soft in appearance.