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Well, not really lol

This beauty has come up in a flower bed, and I didnt plant it! This female flower measures about 2" at the base (ovary?) and the bloom was huge. I tried to hand pollinate with a nearby male flower.

The shape makes me think of a butternut, which I definitely would have put in the compost this year or last year....made soup a few times.

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cant id it but i did something similar last year.
put some cantalope innards in the heap and later put that compost on my flower beds. towards the end of the summer had a cantalope vine growing there.
(note to self, always put the seeds in the trash)

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Maybe it is a pumpkin?//

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I don't know the name of it, but it looks to me like it's one of those squash that people dry out and make bird houses out of. I had a vine of those one year and they got HUGE. Though I didn't know how to dry them, they rotted.

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Your might be talking about a gourd??????
i have a Martha steward gourd .........really huge ..I dried it an painted it re white and blue...........
It took really long for sure.

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Thanks everyone! And Hi! I havent been on here in a while.

Im thinking it's going to be some kind of huge something or other, a gourd Im guessing. Just because the little mini-fruit attached to the flower is so huge already!

Well, let's hope it gets successfully polinated. I'll keep you all updated on this one for sure!

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Could be a gourd, large butternut, hubbards are BIG squash. Kepp us updated with photos.
PS to help kill seeds if you cold compost put a sheet of black plastic over the compost to heat it up so much the seeds 'cook; and are not fertile anymore.



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Pumpkins, gourds,squashes, all have the huge blossom......
Melons......
Yes show us the progress report......

Guess everyone is out at Bills for a party.
Who is tending this shop??????

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Looks a lot like butternut squash, maybe the seed arrived via bird!


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Any update 'Sparagus??


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Its defintely not a birdhouse/hardshell gourd (Lagenaria siceraria), as the flowers are white on those, and they open up and night as they are pollinated by moths. That looks to be a decorative gourd- probably spinning or dancing gourd which looks like this:

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The flowers of decorative gourds are yellowish orange like a pumpkin or a cuke, and they can cross pollinate with those types.

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Wonder if bird delivery is faster than snail mail?

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We stand to be corrected.........


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Im pretty sure they are butternut (and there are many!) grin

More importantly, look how FAST these babies are growing!! First pic taken 7/2 and the second taken today, 7/7 just 5 days later. WOW!! Note my pink size 39 Birkenstocks for scale. lol

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Squash or gourds?/

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We'll just have to wait and see. The shape looks so much like a butternut squash. And I had them in the compost from making soup. Havent had gourds here in years, and even then, they were the little ones smaller than these babies.

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Do we have a choice?

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looking more & more like a butternut. The skin smooth?


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Yes the skin is smooth. Faint green stripes running down the sides.

Dodge.....do you think it's something other than a butternut? Why? What are you thinking? Be specific.

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Yes..........

First off if it was a volunteer , came back, it would be crossed and not be true.
2nd off......Butternut squash in my Burgess book here is a pale orange color .

Most volunteers in anything, arent true when them come back.
Not being rude.

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Actually, when I say it was a volunteer, I meant it came from a seed in the compost, from a store bought squash I cooked with recently. Not from something I grew last year. What are the chances of a store bought squash being pure?

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I think it depends on the variety of squash. If the farmer only grew a certain type of squash then it would be that one type. If he grew acorn and butternut and hubbard etc then they could have cross bred seeds in them.


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Yep they cross.

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i think it might be a cross- polinated pumpkin...

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Originally Posted by thepatrick
i think it might be a cross- polinated pumpkin...
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Any new photos of it today??

Not seen for a while maybe it grew..



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