Friday, July 9, 2010

Mutant Alien Pods...

...are taking over my garden!!


I planted a cucumber plant. It was like 8 inches tall when I transplanted it.

3 days later, what I thought was another cuke plant sprouted out of the bottom side of the row where I planted the original.

Its been growing and growing and I was like WOOHOO! I <3 CUKES! The 2 vines grew in different directions and took over half of my 10x12 plot.

Then the flowers started growing...and they looked different on each plant.
Small yellow blossoms close to the original cuke vine, huge bright orange blossoms on stalks on the 2nd.

 I was like, hmm...that's weird. Maybe a squash seed was laying dormant in my cuke soil?

But then the pod appeared at the base of one of the orange blossom. 
A squash?
then it kept growing and growing and growing (it is still not ripe).

What is this thing?!?!?!

(yes I need to weed.../sigh)

It is smooth, like a melon, on a vine with what looks like squash blossoms, and its huge...
The thing is 16 inches in circumference and almost 5 pounds.

I thought the only aliens were in my house.


Amanda said...

Have you tried cutting it open? I'm not good with plants so I have nothing for you here! How bizarre!

Draea Lael (Rose) said...

I thought about it, but I don't want to cut it open until its ripe, so I guess it will be a surprise!!

Jody said...

Looks like a watermelon... or a pumpkin. Mostly like a watermelon though. My pumpkin plant had huge orange/yellow flowers that have 5 points and a small stamin in the middle. I just walked outside to look and the leaves don't match the pumpkin. SO it looks like you have a watermelon. :)
Thanks for visiting my blog by the way.

Draea Lael (Rose) said...

@ Jody! Sure thing, I have been following for a while, just haven't posted.
I thought it might be a watermelon or pumpkin, too...some sort of squash. My 6 yr old is growing pumpkins in the back part of the yard, it doesn't quite look the same. The flowers sound precisely like what I have. I also have a yellow watermelon plant growing right next to this one. It looks totally different!
My hillbilly neighbor and my dad both said its a mutant alien pod...they're no help!

Gigi said...

I don't do vegetable/fruit gardens so I don't know - but it sure looks like a watermelon to me. Try googling images of ripening watermelons - that may tell you.

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I have no idea!!!! If you find out, let us know!