Guess which one is from my garden, and which one was spotted on an evening stroll around the neighborhood?
mjb, plant b is in your neighbors yard? I would venture to guess by the looks of the soil that possibly your soil is a bit too moist? Peppers like it dry and hot, yes?
I'm not worried. Last year my cour du beu ( an Italian oxheart tomato ) looked like it was ready to shrivel up and die. By the end of the summer it was a monster dwarfing all my other maters.