Friday, March 10, 2017

A "Volunteer"

This came up in my veggie patch uninvited a couple of months ago.

It must have come from when I dug some scraps into the bed a while ago and, as it was obviously a cucurbit of some kind and a freebie plant - always a good thing, I decided it could stay. As you can see it's made itself right at home. I don't have the room to let too many vines sprawl all over the place and so I made it a nice little bamboo frame and it's now twined its way up to over a metre above the ground.

It's been flowering profusely, too, but, while the bees love it, nothing much else has been happening. There were female flowers but none had produced anything in the way of fruit. But yesterday I got a surprise. I hadn't actually checked it closely for about a week apart from making sure it was getting watered but yesterday in the wake of the powdery mildew discovery I decided I'd better check it, too.

And this is what I found.

So it's a rockmelon. It has a way to go - it's only about 8 cms in diameter - but Pisces is already salivating at the thought. He's going to be even happier when he realises that I have another five rockmelon plants already growing up the fence in the back of the garden but I'll keep that for a little surprise later.


Jo said...

How nice to get a volunteer like that. Not sure what a rock melon is. I do love melons though. Will google.

Jo said...

OK, a Cantaloupe or possibly a Charentais which I haven't had since I left the UK.

Helen V. said...

Yes it is a cantaloupe, Jo, generally known as rockmelon in Australia because of the grey webbing which supposedly looks like a rock. I'm not convinced myself.