Squash Flower Surprise
“Why surprise?” you might be asking, if you read the title. Well I didn’t plant squash so I wasn’t expecting to get squash flowers. You do know the normal way things are supposed to go in gardening? You plant a seed and then it grows into what was on the package. In my case last year I did exactly that and lovely squash plants appeared. I gave loads away to friends whose plants behaved exactly as expected and produced wonderful squashes of the varieties I had planted. Mine, however, were pretty quickly completely destroyed by pests. The flowers rotted, the stems hollowed, the leaves withered… you get the picture. I decided that this year I would not sow any squash to avoid the inevitable disappointment. And then, late in the season, growing out of the side of my compost pile appeared a vigorous and healthy squash vine. I let it go, amused to see it there and curious to see how far it would grow before being consumed by pests. So far no pests, just glorious yellow flowers (mostly male), with the occasional small squash. There isn’t actually enough time to ripen the fruit, which is a pity when it has gone to so much trouble to grow, but the flowers are worth the effort as you can see. Life is full of surprises. Even though they might not be the surprises you want, you can usually find something to make you smile in them. Like this rich yellow flower. Have a good day, friends. You can click or tap the image above to view in large in the gallery directly now, a new development on my posts. View all posts on the Home page. A Flower a Day #391
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