Okay, I may be going to seed, but I am definitely not losing my gourds! They are growing very nicely!
The plainer round form of gourd is predominant. Actually, I only have one that isn't the plain round kind. As they are maturing the green bottoms are fading, so they aren't nearly as pretty as I'd hoped. They are bigger too, not the cute little ones you see for sale at Thanksgiving-time. I've grown ornamental gourds before and got nicer ones than these. There are quite a few, which is too bad, being they aren't edible! So, these are one eBay failure as far as variety.
I've learned (thank you Internet) that the warty French pumpkins (Galeux d’Eysines squash) will form warts as it ripens. The sugars move just under the skin and form them. So, mine are fine for now.
The Sweet Meat winter squash is productive. I do not like squash as a savory (which is why you have never read of me growing zucchini or patty pans!), but these are a winter squash with orange flesh, like what we call pumpkins (which are just squash with a different name), so these will join the wart pumpkins in pies, muffins, and cookies. First they will cooked, mashed and frozen!
I've got only two mini pumpkins, both Jack Be Little. I should be happy to have even two, what with how the earwigs ate the first plantings to the ground. They are starting to color up. Like the gourds, they are both much larger than I've grown before, much larger than the ones sold in stores. Is it that "weed feed" food? I wanted teeny tiny Baby Boos, to go with my not-so-teeny-tiny Baby Boo!
Get a load of when he was a teeny-tiny Baby Boo! His siblings all looked like their mama and auntie (mother's sister from a different litter). He was always the special one! And if I may so so, he grew up much more beautiful, like a white Border collie (he's only part). Genetics is odd, how one can look and act more like a distant relation than your own parents!
Ok, enough of my Baby Boo... maybe my kids are right and I get carried away with "Sweet William" aka "Baby Perfect!"
|My "Baby Boo" all grown up|
|Jack Be Little pumpkin|
As for going to seed... things have a tendency to do that!
The lance-leaf coreopsis has. I don't know if the seeds will grow, but I'm letting the pods dry and drop. I gather some to toss in other areas of the Butterfly Garden. This is my favorite coreopsis. It's not nearly as flashy as Up Tick©, and had a shorter bloom time, but I like it best.
|lance-leaf coreopsis seed pods|
|lance-leaf coreopsis seeds|
Morning glories are dying back and going to seed as well. I didn't plant my one plant (I don't think, I have no record of buying seeds), and will just let the seeds fall where they may.
|morning glory seed pods|
|morning glory seed pods (bean harvest in hand above!)|
Four o'clocks too... These seeds are the stuff memories are made of! Four o'clocks were "weeds" in our front yard, around our mailbox, and near the curb on the curving side of our corner lot. I loved them as "flowers." I'd collect the hard little seeds, and... well, I don't think I was allowed to plant them! I am sort of hoping they won't winter over, which is possible in my zone. They way they produce seeds, and grow so quickly from seeds, it seems silly to be perennial too! I gathered some of the seeds to plant elsewhere. These plants get big! Much bigger than in my childhood, when they got no care as "weeds."
|four o'clock seed|
|four o'clock seeds and flowers|
The butterfly weed (Gay Butterflies) is forming too many pods! The entire plant will be covered at the rate it's going. I never got any of the seeds I bought or were given to even germinate, so I don't hold out much hope for these. I'll let some just do their own thing, as nature planned, and see what happens.
Going to seed and losing (or growing) our gourds, all a part of the seasons changing I guess.