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14 September 2011 @ 09:12 am
Morning post for gourds  
A morning post which I don't like to make. But I didn't make one yesterday so here I am. So if neat stuff happens today I'll probably post again tonight. I want to welcome zoo_owner to my friend's list.

Yesterday I was out checking on the gourds that have escaped onto my patio and had two lovely suprises that made my so happy. But before that, here's the giant Zucca on my arbor. I have talke aobut this one so much but never posted a picture, only videos. This is my favorite thing I've grown this year.

At last I have something that looks like the Epcot display though they had many and I only have one giant hanging zucca. I'm on the way though.

This is my second Zucca growing on the ground. I had seen new female zuccas coming up but I hadn't expected any would actually get pollinated. This one grew on its own and has gotten to the size of about three pavers. Not as big as my first but it's still growing and a very nice shape.

I think this is a Martin House gourd. I pollinated this one myself in the video on how to pollinate gourds. It's turning brown which has me worried since the vines are still alive. It rained a lot a few weeks ago everyday. I was worried it was going to start rotting out and get soft like my cute swan gourd did. So I put a styrafoam pad under it. So far it feels pretty hard still. Here's hoping I get to harvest it. I'm calling it my Thanksgiving gourd because it looks like the gourds you see in Thanksgiving art.

This was a total suprise. Another Martin gourd that's huge and I didn't even know was there. I'm amazed how big gourds can hide under leaves and go undetected so long. This is my "plan B" gourd. It's healthier than the first one so if the first one does fail I have a good feeling about this one. This one will make a better birdhouse but I like the shape of the other one better with the curved neck.

These are two Opos. They are a Chinese variety. I got the seed packet from an Oriental supermarket though the picture of what I thought would grow looks nothing like this. In the picture they are bright green thin cylinders not these pale green tear drops. Still cool because they are almost as big as the Zucca and growing next to it.

A third Zucca. I wasn't sure at first if this was a Zucca and the second lovely surpirse I found yesterday nestled in the leaves. It has the fuzz so I'm sure it's a Zucca now. Zuccas are the only gourds I've seen that start fuzzy and then get smooth. I hope this will make it too. A harvest of three Zuccas in my first year would rock! But I'm not so sure that the seeds they have are pure. I wish I knew which of the two sellers this was from. I bought Zucca seeds from two sources and one didn't breed pure and was just a terrible vine. This one has finally become prolific.
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
Asherblackhilllife on September 14th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
creepy. If I had that hanging in my garden I would be watching for fake pod people to bust out of it at any time. lol
Des: Birdhouse Gourdsthagirion on September 14th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hehe, it's funny because I never saw them as creepy. The first time I saw bunches of them hanging I was just in awe of their size and knew I wanted one someday. But now with that I can see your point of view too. Here's a picture of the ones at Epcot that got me going on them.
The Silver Wolf of Darkness: Chi Chewsilvolf on September 14th, 2011 09:23 pm (UTC)
Those are awesome! They look like they're doing well.
Des: Bottle Gourdsthagirion on September 14th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Yeah they're doing great. I hope my pumpkins will do as good.
zoo_ownerzoo_owner on September 15th, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
Thanks for noticing me :) i know that it is not the right post, but i'll ask here. How many birds do you have? And what are their kinds? Only pigeons or some alse? :) can you give me links on fotos? For me its very interesting :)
Des: Peep Heartthagirion on September 15th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I have lots of birds. I have several budgies and cockatiels, a flock of pigeons, 8 chickens and a macaw. I have four indoor pets two budgies named Peep and Protist, a Gouldian finch named Seep Seep and a cockatiel named Randy. I talk about them a lot here and there in my posts. On the left side in my sidebar I have my tags listed. You can find them under the tags "budgies", "birds", "pigeons" and "chickens". I have a Flickr account for my photos that's new. It's also in my sidebar. If you don't understand something I say just let me know and I can write it in Spanish.

EDIT: Forgot to mention, I loved all the moths in the background of your photos of your pigeon. I raise moths and butterflies. Sphinx moths are my favorite. Right now I'm raising Polydamas Swallowtails.

Edited at 2011-09-15 01:18 pm (UTC)
zoo_ownerzoo_owner on September 15th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Oh! Its amazing - so many birds! Bravo! I am looking now your fotos on Flickr - your birds are so cute! especial chickens )))

I loved all the moths in the background of your photos of your pigeon.

Its a collection of my father, but i am interested too )

If you don't understand something I say just let me know and I can write it in Spanish.

I understand. Our conversation is a good practice for me )
Des: White Lined Sphinxthagirion on September 15th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
I used to have a lot more when I was breeding them. After getting my first house I've cut back on it a lot. I'm hoping to build an aviary for them one day. I love my chickens! I got them as day old babies and tamed them. They are now very sweet. Henrietta is my favorite though she can be bossy. I will post more photos and videos. I like doing that.

Cool, I was out in my garden yesterday looking at the moths. There were four big beautiful ones on my Four O'Clock flowers.

Ok great.

kabuldurkabuldur on September 15th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
You've grown some awesome gourds this year! Maybe you are starting to see them as the leaves die off. That is always an awesome time of the year. I hope your Martin House gourd make it. I love the martin gourd under it. I like the little flecks of yellow on the green.

I don't mind posts from people more than once a day. Perhaps you might post more in the mornings for a while if you're tired at night? You are having such big days at the moment.

And welcome to zoo_owner. I think you two will be fast friends.
Desthagirion on September 15th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Yeah some of the leaves are dying and I think the plant is going out with a bang. I'm glad. Yeah they have pretty speckles so it's too bad that the first one is already turning brown.

Yeah, I just perfer to do everything at once is all. But you're right. I've been too tired at night to keep to my normal schedule lately. I have been doing a lot more than normal lately.

Yes, we'll see.