The Cucurbitaceae Family

Yes, it’s a long family name. Pumpkins, squash, gourds … all in the C family.

It’s been a warm Fall but finally cooling down a little though it feels like Spring more than Winter. Since The Boy or El Niño has kept the last 2 months warmer than usual I decided to ignore planting times on seed packets, just out of curiosity. Well, curiosity did not kill the plants, at least not yet.

Today, the blossoms bloomed. In the past they didn’t time themselves very well ~ the males & the females i.e. ~ but today they kind of alerted me that ‘love is in the air’.

Mr Pumpkin

There’s Mr C. Pumpkin

The loaded stamens

and the loaded stamens

Mrs C. Pumpkin and her ready ovary.

Mrs C. Pumpkin and her ready ovary.

OK, I’ve got to admit, I didn’t wait for the birds and the bees (just in case), I assisted with Q-tip and hand pollination. Time waits for no one … not even Mr & Mrs Pumpkin.

And tomorrow will be another Mission In-pollination, but this time of the Squash twin sisters.

The Squash twins on the left.

The Squash twins on the left.

What will be the outcome of my experiment-of-sort? I don’t know but as the saying goes ‘If you don’t try, you’ll never know’.

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One response to “The Cucurbitaceae Family

  1. Sunny yellow, nice.

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