P71203Just a few feet downhill from where the old valley oak had lived for centuries (https://tonytomeo.wordpress.com/2017/09/11/goodbye-to-an-old-friend/), a pumpkin vine appeared shortly after the big oak stump was ground out. That was in late September, so was much too late for it to do much; or so I thought.

The vine grew very quickly! It is hard to say if it got water from a leaking pipe. A valve manifold that is visible in front of the stump in the original picture is completely obscured by the foliage of the vine in the second picture. With all the heavy work that was done right on that spot, it would have been very easy for a pipe or exposed valve to get damaged. (Water from a previously leaky pipe or valve could have contributed to the demise of the tree, by promoting the development of excessively heavy foliage that caused the large limbs to break and fall.)

Despite the vigor and size of this remarkably healthy pumpkin vine, no fruit developed. Only a few undeveloped fruit can be found now, and the weather is getting too cool for it to mature. The foliage and flowers are already starting to succumb to mildew and decay, and will eventually get frosted. If there is any fruit obscured by the foliage, it will become visible when the foliage collapses.

Regardless, the pumpkin vine really seemed to have fun while it had the chance. How many of us get to grow pumpkin vines this big through an entire growing season? It got plenty of sunlight, and must have been getting water from somewhere. The soil is good there. As you can see in the picture, it had plenty of room to grow.

What is so special about that spot? If there is not a water leak that needs to be repaired, what else could be grown there next year?!P71203+


6 thoughts on “Too Late For Pie

    1. So many people here are into gardening that I would guess that it got quite a bit of notice. I would also guess that many people were wondering how it got there and if it made any fruit, just like I was wondering. I was surprised that the ‘gardeners’ did not shred it up with hedge shears or something.

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    1. The bees were still active at about the time that it started blooming. (A few are active all year here.) There was also some seriously warm weather. I just do not think that there was enough warm weather without cool nights.
      I doubt that anyone will plant anything there next year. If water is leaking, it will need to be repaired. There are more than enough trees in the area. There is a crazy guy who I can sometimes talk into planting funny things in bare spots around town. I may get him to put some aeoniums there, and maybe some poppies.

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