18/52: pumpkin project bears fruit

Some time ago I did a little artificial insemination to ensure fertilisation of a female pumpkin flower. I am delighted to show you the fine result of my interference:

 lovely rogue pumpkin

Ta-daa!

Unfortunately, some of the pumpkin eggs I tried to fertilise just died off. I am calling them eggs as if they are not mated with a male, there will be no pumpkin.

It is now late autumn and as I was just about to harvest the one pumpkin from that massive vine, and pull out the rest of the plant, what did I spy? Amazingly, both a male and female flower sitting side by side, making googly eyes at each other. I introduced them, and before long they were coupling, with a little help from the Artificial Inseminator. It may well be too late in the season but it’s worth a try. Happy honeymoon!

female and male pumpkin flowers

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331/366: rogue plants strike again!

Recently I did some serial planting in front of the rosemary bush, in which I planted some leafy green variegated plants and rosemary cuttings.

Suddenly there are rogue plants amongst them. I won’t get too excited, because last time this happened nothing actually eventuated. However, there was that one time years ago when I was very successful with a rogue pumpkin vine. I’d love that experience to be repeated. One can only hope.

18/366: the rogue pumpkin

About fifteen years ago, when we were still establishing our garden, I liked to dig the compost into the ground in various places where I was planning to put a garden bed. Our “soil” is mainly heavy clay, requiring a lot of work to make it suitable for planting most things.

The vegetable matter decomposed to help make a much lusher soil, but we were surprised when things started to grow. Because we have a large backyard, it was no problem to let this pumpkin have plenty of room in which to spread.

Even more special than planting your own vegetables is when they spring up like this. I was so proud of it I had to put it on a pedestal for its very own photo shoot.