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I forgot to post the latest photos!

These were taken on Sunday:

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And I took this one just now. It was too bright to take photos but I'm impatient. I don't know if you can see it clearly, but that tape measure is open to 6 inches. I think the pumpkin is about 5 inches across now.

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I think the growth rate is slowing down a bit now, but even if it doesn't get much bigger than it is now, I can carve that, it's about the same size as the turnips I used to carve for lanterns as a child.

My other pumpkin plant is a bit sorry for itself. It's taken much more of a drubbing from the slugs and while it produced a female flower the other day there were no male flowers at the same time, and then it got eaten anyway. There are two female flowers about to open in the next few days though, so maybe there's still time. I think the weather would have to improve a fair bit first for it to do much though.

Also, does anyone want some ox-eye daisies? They'll grow in tubs or beds and they don't require any looking after, just a sunny spot. They don't even need good soil, in fact they might even be better in poor soil.

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Also up for grabs is my callistemon/bottle brush plant, which just doesn't go with the rest of my garden. It's a healthy plant and again it doesn't require any special attention, just sun and water. It needs more water than it might appear, it's Australian but it's not a desert plant. It's in a pot but you could plant it out.

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I am prepared to meet people somewhere to give them the daisies but the callistemon must be collected.

on 2008-08-15 12:25 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ladymoonray.livejournal.com
Eeeee! That pumpkin looks fab. I've got one slightly bigger than that. There are others trying to form, but they just don't grow properly. The one other promising one just withered and died - it didn't even get slugged. Mum has one on her plant too, about the same size as yours. I do wonder if the plants can only really support one fruit.

on 2008-08-15 12:27 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] zoo-music-girl.livejournal.com
I doubt mine could support more than one fruit since they're in pots, I'd have thought yours would have done better though. Are you feeding them? I swear by hand pollinating them too.

on 2008-08-15 12:33 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ladymoonray.livejournal.com
No, I don't really have the dedication to feed anything in the garden - and I'd have to do a big investigation into what's in the feed and where it comes from. Too much work! It's a bit annoying, because the plant is huge and really healthy, but it's the price for laziness, I guess. I'll try to get some pics tomorrow if it's not too wet.

on 2008-08-15 12:34 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] zoo-music-girl.livejournal.com
If you want to be sure it's organic then chop up some banana skins and mix them into the top soil by the plant, they're high in potassium which is what they need to fruit.

on 2008-08-15 01:17 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ladymoonray.livejournal.com
Ah, right. It might be a bit late now, but I'll give that a try. Thanks.

on 2008-08-15 01:18 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] zoo-music-girl.livejournal.com
I've just chopped some more into my pots. Can't hurt to try.

on 2008-08-15 12:28 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] zoo-music-girl.livejournal.com
I think you should post some photos too!

on 2008-08-15 12:27 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] ladymoonray.livejournal.com
Also, your daisies look great. I don't have any flowers on mine yet :( The plants are healthy, but they're just not flowering. They're in the vegetable bed, perhaps it is that the soil is too good.

on 2008-08-15 12:29 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] zoo-music-girl.livejournal.com
Most of mine aren't flowering, that one and one in a back bed are flowering but the others are too tightly packed I think, hence giving some away.

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