Flowers on the squash

Bumblebee in spaghetti squash flower
Bumblebee in spaghetti squash flower

 

My squash, cucumbers, and edible cucuzzi gourds have really gone wild this month. It must be the hot (for Minnesota) weather. The winter squash trellis will soon be buried under a mass of vines that sport leaves a sixteen inches across. They don’t call them Cucurbita maxima for nothing.

 

Hubbard squash flower nearly six inches across
Hubbard squash flower nearly six inches across

 

The edible cucuzzi gourds, tromboncina, and butternut squash are growing fast and are more advanced than I’d expected for this time. Flower buds are clearly visible and I don’t need a magnifying glass to be sure. The edible cucuzzi gourds (Lagenaria siceraria) make interesting white flowers and I’m looking forward to seeing these when they bloom.

 

 

There are small fruits on the crookneck squash and many flowers on the scallopini squash so very soon the first harvest of tender squash fruits will happen. Other squash are coming along well, too, including Tonda Padana, Zapalo Plomo, and a few unknowns.

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