This post probably says a lot about me and what sort of gardener I am :-)
Strange things happened in my allotment garden
recently. Back in May one of the kind old men at my allotment complex gave me several plants for in my greenhouse
. One of them was a cucumber plant.
As my diary was full over summer, I had decided to keep the greenhouse empty. I accepted the plant gracefully, but was in doubt whether to be pleased with this generous gift or not. Having plants in the greenhouse means that I have to go to garden at least thrice a week. Which is a lot for a busy woman like me.
Well, you can't throw away a gift and healthy plant can you, and what if the kind old man would come and check?! So I gave the plant a beautiful light position in the corner of the greenhouse and watered it regularly. The plant started creeping and beautiful yellow flowers appeared.
I was really surprised to find green apple sized' balls
on the plant when I arrived home from holiday in August. They did not look like cucumbers at all! I had never heard of round cucumbers before, but when I Googled it, there appeared to be several varieties of round cucumber. The lemon cucumber is one of them. So, I had a lemon cucumber in my greenhouse......Lucky me!
The next time I watered the plants, the colour of the balls had changed into yellow. They couldn't be melons, could they? I asked the kind old man who gave the plant to me, about the curious case in my greenhouse
. He said they were melons indeed! Lucky me to have melons in my greenhouse!
Alas......it was not to be. When I wanted to water them last week they had turned orange. I can tell you my neighbours at the complex must have thought I was out of my mind. I couldn't stop laughing.......Oh why didn't I see it before..... They are pumpkins! Lucky lucky me!
But..........are they?! I am still not sure. Their size is still that of a large apple and they are spiky. Aren't they decorative squash? Please help me out here, before I poison
myself and my daughters and make pumpkin soup
out of them :-). Love to hear what you think it is!
The flowers on the photo's above are a combination of clover and grasses picked from the fields. I added some Montbretia from my garden.
Wishing you a fun week!