Nice pumpkins! I hope you can get them to turn orange! If not, I hope they last awhile, anyway, being green!Our overnight temps have been in the 30s and 40s for almost a week and the plants are not looking good plus there has been no change in size or color for a couple weeks so I bit the bullet and harvested all 6 of my pumpkins. They were all orange on the bottom so hopefully leaving them in the sun (if the sun returns, lol) will result in them turning orange. That's what I did last year with one and it worked. These are the biggest pumpkins I've ever grown! I'll try to weigh them later mostly to satisfy my own curiosity as they are nothing compared to what you all produce 😁 I placed a gardening glove in the pictures for reference.
The large red flowers were part of a seed exchange find last year. They were labeled California Giant Zinnia. The first year, the only colors I got were pink and that reddish color you see. They bloom in all manner of shapes from a rounded button type that looks almost like a dahlia to a flatter version that looks sort of like a daisy on steroids. I'm not sure if there will be seeds to save this year. There's not been a truly dry time for over a month and the flowers are more molding than seeding, but I am going to try to harvest what I can. They really make nice looking, easily cared for flowers.Chubstuff-- Well Big Max... or maybe just 'Max' is quite a cutie! The squash look great; I'd certainly decorate with them!
Also, what are the red flowers behind your patch? They look too tall for Bellis, and kind of rounded for Zinnias... They're pretty!
I can commiserate about the weeds.
I have often referred to my thinking patterns as weird, bizarre, and a few more derogatory adjectives that will go unspoken. It seems indelicate of me to point out now how similar your thought patterns and mine sync up now that I've mentioned that.Chubstuff -- Odd the way a person's mind works...well odd the way mine works, anyway. I woke up about 4 AM with my mental voice (and I just mean "strong thought" because my mind isn't functioning that oddly) saying "Asters! They're asters." Honestly, it took a couple seconds before I even understood what I meant. Apparently my subconscious was still processing what my conscious mind had long let go of-- whether it was correct or not!
Hahaha! I've just learned not to think of words like "odd" and "bizarre" as being derogatory. They describe the extraordinary.I have often referred to my thinking patterns as weird, bizarre, and a few more derogatory adjectives that will go unspoken. It seems indelicate of me to point out now how similar your thought patterns and mine sync up now that I've mentioned that.
My husband and I have a long standing disagreement regarding clover - he thinks it's a weed but I like it. I think it's pretty so I leave it. He's too lazy to do yard work so I win 😆I'm right there with you both - Chubstuff & Ooojen! Besides I'm not wasting $$$ on killing weeds. Have you ever smelled a dandelion? I love their scent.
Ladyfrog, cant believe it's in the 30s for you already. I'd freeze to death there.
The dentist bruised my cheek with his finger. I knew here was pressing my jaw but damn! Now I have a long green bruise. I go out of my way to tell people it was the dentist that did it because I don't want anyone to think it was my sweet hubby. He'd never ever hurt me. Hopefully it's gone before the garden tour on sunday.
Love that right there. We need a night shot now.Early this morning hubby and I started working on our Pumpkin light. I'm really happy with my corn this year even if the squirrels damaged half of it. I'll get better photos tonight
Our front yard is very hilly and slopes toward street. All the water runs off & it's impossible to mow. So we turned it all into a Mediterranean garden (lavender, rosemary, etc)Love that right there. We need a night shot now.
I actively attempted to talk my wife into a lawn alternative, including clover, when we were doing the landscaping. I might actually be slowly winning the battle as she's at least considering a fully xeriscaped front yard now.
Beautiful pumpkins!! Love!Ooo, with all due respect to the necessary work they do-- visiting the dentist is bad enough when they're at their best! Get a rough one, and it's hellish!
I hope the garden tour went well, Kdestra! I would so love to be able to leave my lavender and rosemary out all year! They have be potted up and brought into the sunroom.
Ladyfrog-- That's funny that lazy wins it for you! heehee!
We're finally having a couple nice days, but the weather is supposed to take a serious turn for the worse later in the week. It was time to start harvesting, cleaning, and getting ready to display. It's kind of a big project. All the rain left every pumpkin clogged or coated with dirt, and our sidewalk project means my usual display area is cluttered up-- But I'll start with my photos. This was the year of the herbicide drift, of course. Yields were low on the plants that were hit, but I got at least one pumpkin each from the plants that survived. (The couple varieties that weren't badly affected did beautifully.) Also, the plants themselves were set back. They produced as much as the smaller vines could support, I guess.
I didn't have anything handy to use for perspective, but these are mostly mid-sized pumpkins.
Galeux d' Eysines/Peanut -- so productive other years; I got one pumpkin this year, and consider myself lucky to get that, as it was from a pretty late flower. I have to say, it's a beauty, though. The background color is unusually deep.
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Jamboree produced two pumpkins. I've grown Jarrahdale (previous years), Blue Doll, and this one, and this is my favorite blue. Unlike J, it matured and colored up reasonably early.
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Moranga -- I just love this one, and will definitely plant it again. I only got two pumpkins fully mature, but there's a third I left on the vine. (It actually has a whole bunch of little ones coming, but there isn't time for them.) It's not fully colored up (it's gold, with just a hint of salmon coming on) but I think will last through Halloween once it's harvested. My morangas have very short stems, and the fruit grew upside-down. The bottoms have the best color, so I'll probably display them the way they grew.
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Mr Fugly -- I don't find them fugly. The combinations of colors are interesting from up close, but I don't really feel like they brought anything dramatically different to the table. They're fair-sized, and should be carveable-- just ok, I guess. There were two plants, three pumpkins on one, and one on the other. SVB hit them pretty hard...like almost ALL the maxima varieties.
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Last for now-- Blue Doll-- a little larger variety. The leaves are bigger and taller than most of my pumpkins'...though I will say the vines were pretty contained.
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Rouge vif d'Etampes (large Cinderella type) -- one solitary pumpkin. It brought several more up to 6 or 7" diameter, but they blasted. So it goes. This is another short-stemmed one that grew upside-down (I guess I should have guided it sideways) and it's a much "vif-er" rouge on the bottom.
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More to come!