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Click on a thumbnail picture below to see the full size version. 28 Entries.
Sunday, January 1 View Page
Happy New Year to all of you. Look what Iīve found in the basement a couple days ago. It has been there since quite a while, and it was me who should have known that it was there (I dug it out of the ground this summer, and havenīt taken much notice, I brought it into the basement and again I havenīt paid much attention). Now Iīve found it again, and Iīm happy.
 
Tuesday, January 17 View Page
Look what Iīve found in my mailbox today, thatīs amazing :) Seeds have been sent off on the 12th and arrived today (17th January), only five days from Canada to Germany (incl. weekend in between). Miracles happen. Thanks heaps Ryan.
 
Tuesday, May 16 View Page
Plants today :) This year thereīs only one spot for two plants (back to back). I have sent two of my 706 (uow) Wagler 15 and two of the 1803 Hoelke 16 into the race. Currently it looks like the 1803 is systematically more aggressive than the 706, but their leaves seem to be a bit more light sensitive as well. In case of the 1803 I have a clear favorite (plant 2), but in case of the 706 I have no clue, they are so similar to each other right now. It may take a while before I will make a final decision.
 
Wednesday, May 31 View Page
My plants today. This year I can clearly see the advantage of double planting (same site, same seed, the two strongest plants out of 3 or 4 seedlings went into the patch next to each other). In case of the 706 Wagler it was very hard to tell the difference between the two plants around mid May, but now I can see that one of the two plants seems to be a bit more aggressive (two excellent plants though, same color of the vine, similar development of secondaries, both of them show the first female in the main vine tip, and the baby pumpkins are very similar to one another both in color and shape and stem length, as far as I can see it right now). In case of the 1803 Hoelke it is easy to tell which plant will be removed soon (it is much shorter and it had developed some sections of flat main vine, although not turned into a ribbon vine plant yet).
 
Tuesday, June 6 View Page
Such a lovely female, so cute, so beautiful, so fragile, but also so strong, so precious, full of surprises, a real gem. This beauty just survived a heavy rainstorm spiced with some hail. This beautiful gem is like an opal, so interesting, precious and fragile, needs some water to reveal her full potential and can be so colorful. Oh yes, *‘opal’ is perfect. Eight months of waiting. 8 for the guy whoīs waiting and 3 for the female, and so many days, weeks, months of trying to do the right things, of trying to make the best decisions.
 
Thursday, June 8 View Page
Today (8th June) is ‘Best Friends Day’. Best Friends, thatīs like two streams joining, no matter how different they are, they become one, inseparable, they share their fate. In times of flood their combined power can move mountains, in times of drought they share their last drops of water which saves the stream from running dry. If one suffers pollution, the other helps dilute, if one is getting too hot, the other helps cool and save its life, whereas the individual streams would freeze much earlier, the heat of their combined bodies helps survive the cold.
 
Monday, June 12 View Page
Today (12/06) I made the positive experience that the male parts of the plants should be fine (no sterile plants, what a relief). Everything else?...time will tell...nothing happened yet, looking forward to maybe 1207.
 
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
No, Iīm not going to advertise any products here, but when I visit my pumpkin patch I happen to think of this lip balm. Beeswax and strawberry. Although bees are so cute and helpful, basically as helpful as strawberries are great and yummy, our pumpkin plants are less helpful for the bees. No open pollinations, and if we need to spray insectizides we better remove the male flowers before they open, because at least we donīt want to kill the bees. This year, however, my pumpkin patch should become a great place for bees. Whereas in past years I had sown corn along the perimeter of my patch, this year I have sown Phacelia. Bees love it (in addition to the pumpkin males, which are available for the bees on my patch)!!! Now the first couple of Phacelia flowers have opened, and a good bunch of bumblebees can be found already. Itīs probably just a matter of another couple of days and then the honeybees will find my patch, too. Well, the lack of corn certainly limits the possibilities of making jokes of things like corn cobs and rape fields, but the 'bees and flowers' topic isnīt bad either, is it?
 
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
Today the first females opened, one on the 706 and one on the 1803 plant, each of them was a five-lober at about 6 or 7 ft down the main vine. Hence, I removed them and decided to compare their cross sections. It looks interesting how different the symmetry inside such a five-lober could be, doesnīt it?
 
Tuesday, June 13 View Page
AG plants today :)
 
Monday, June 19 View Page
1803 Hoelke x self (had only one male available this morning).
 
Friday, June 23 View Page
Pollination today: 706 Wagler x 1803 Hoelke
 
Tuesday, June 27 View Page
The first set of pollinations, it looks like they want to grow.
 
Tuesday, June 27 View Page
Itīs been a rather warm and dry spring so far, there isnīt much water in the nearby river. Fortunately, this river has a nice section which is somewhat deeper, good for a little swim on a hot day :) If you look carefully, you may find the spot where thereīs the deepest point. (Hint: Itīs where on the water surface it looks like there had been a mermaid just a second before.)
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
Blümchen, poppende
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
It looks like my giant pumpkin season 2017 is over now :( Weīve had an inch of precipitation within few minutes, and as you can see a good load of it came down as hail (some pieces larger than an inch in diameter).
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
This year is the first year that my kids are growing their own giant field pumpkins. Oh well, these are their FP plants, most of the vine tips got shredded by hail. We will let the plants try to recover, perhaps a good fraction of tertiaries is still alive and could fill the patch within a few weeks. Still 3 or 4 weeks before we will call pollination an urgent matter.
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
This is my 1803 Hoelke plant :( Most of the secondaries are severely damaged (vine tips and leaves shredded, holes in leaf stalks, marks of heavy hail impact all along the vines) and even the pumpkin got hit by some hail (although I had covered it with a garden chair).
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
This is my 706 Wagler plant, doesnīt look any better :(
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
These are the shredded vine tips and leaves with perforated stalks, all the stuff which had to be removed because it would cause rot very soon. It was a strange feeling to see those dead parts of the beloved plants this evening, I was whishing Iīve had the right mortician next to me (someone who sort of has the capability of feeling the feelings these plants must have had during their life, someone who knows to appreciate the soil they were growing in...) to give those leftovers the appropriate funeral.
 
Wednesday, June 28 View Page
No, my Dearest, I donīt give up on you, I wonīt let you fall, Iīll be patient, Iīll be trying to do the best I can do for you right now. You want to raise your baby and Iīll keep on praying that everything will work out fine for you :)
 
Friday, June 30 View Page
Baby pumpkins today
 
Monday, July 3 View Page
Baby pumpkins today.
 
Monday, July 3 View Page
These marks are leftovers from the hailstorm, Iīm already wondering if they would make any troubles as the fruit grows and how large they might be on the fruit at weigh-off time.
 
Wednesday, July 5 View Page
A while ago I got this beautiful shiny selenite as a gift. It represents the moon (which is good, because from my balcony I can easily see the moon in so many nights, but I canīt spot the Northern Star in this direction, because my balcony is facing South). This selenite has so much in common with pumpkins, especially with MY pumpkins, its place on the shelf is in front of a beautiful little pumpkin carriage and next to some opals (perfect place in my opinion), chemically it is calcium sulphate, which is good for pumpkins (for the development of their belly, i.e., the fruit), its name hints at selenium, which is good for pumpkins, too (for the development of their babies, i.e, the seeds), and from South it will shine onto my pumpkin plants at night (like the sun will do during daytime) in order to give them some light and hope for they will recover from hail damage. Iīm so glad I got this lovely little gift a while ago, it means so much to me.
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
Baby pumpkins today
 
Sunday, July 9 View Page
Full moon tonight, as if it wanted to invite to a walk through the garden, along the pumpkin patch and along the river side...
 
Wednesday, July 12 View Page
Baby pumpkins today. Did I mention 1207 a month ago? Todayīs the day, and things arenīt looking as joyful as I had been hoping for a month ago. Anyway, Iīll do what I have to do. Who knows how things will look in another month...
 

 

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