I blame Graibeard! :)
Thursday, 03 Feb 11
Be careful if you’ve swapped seeds with Graibeard everyone, because i’m beginning to suspect he’s the guy that gave Jack his magic beans…and we all now what happened to his bean stalk!!
When i got my Queensland Blue pumpkin seeds from Graibeard, little did i know what weird and wonderful things were in stall! After the tricotyledon episode, and then the er, um, unusual…ah…sexual behaviour of the plants, they finally sorted themselves out and produced some nice pumpkins which i’ve now harvested. But there have been some other oddities along the way. There was the unusual double-headed flower seen in the main pic, and then some unusual affliction that seemed to affect only female flowers. Finally, after some warm and rainy weather a little while back, the powdery mildew really took over and i was ready to rip up the plants, but then one of the vines sprung back to life-i think one of the leaders that crawled over an old compost heap took root and is loving it. There are new shoots going everywhere, and having originally escaped the confines of the veggie patch, this particular vine has now circled round some pot plants, and is currently crawling over the marigolds to get back into the veggie patch. It’s even sent out quite a few flowers, and yesterday there was even a female flower ready for pollination with more on the way, so hopefully i’ll get even more pumpkins later this year! Who knows what other oddities they’ll throw up in the meantime?
Main Pic-the double headed flower
Minor Pic #1-Tricotyledon
Minor Pic #2-First pumpkin harvested
Minor Pic #3-The first pumpkin was small, and a high seed/flesh ratio, but still very tasty when we roasted it up.
Minor Pic #4-The other three pumpkins harvested so far…much bigger than the first…the largest one maxed out the kitchen scales and we had to use the bathroom ones…6.6kg
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Roasted up the first pumpkin a little while back…very nice
Stacks of male flowers recently, and the first female one yesterday
First female flower of the “resurrected” vine