Sunday, August 06, 2006
Baby Birdhouse Gourds
I planted 2 birdhouse gourd seeds at the bottom of each of four legs of a tepee. I was so disappointed that only 2 (and both on the same leg) came up. I resigned myself to getting a couple of birdhouse gourds to play with. My friend, Ginny who has grown them before told me not to worry that it would more than take over the entire tepee. She was SO right. These plants are HUGE. There are tons of flowers, so I will probably get quite a few gourds. The first picture is one of the baby gourds that has started. The next picture is of some of the curly-Q tendrils. These have inspired country artists and tole painters as they paint vines or flowers. I have always been afraid I would add too many, or they would have too many curls. Well never again!!! This plant has given me artistic freedom. They are everywhere and some of them are really long and curly.
The next picture shows my pole beans on their tepees and also the birdhouse vine which is in on the right of the picture. You can see Michael's corn in the background.
The first of the super tall sunflowers has opened her face to the sun (just like I am to keep my face to the Son!!). This particular plant is only supposed to be about 4' tall. However, I am standing in front of it looking up to take this picture. I am 5'7" so this sunflower has to be at least 6.5'.
The last picture is of my bush balsams. They really draw the bees to the garden. They are very different flowers. They get big seed pods, so I will be saving seeds for next year as well.