I got very excited this morning, ladies and gentlemen. Looking out the back window, I could see that there was a male and female pumpkin flower open at the same time. Because of a hail storm last month, my pumpkin vine has only one pumpkin growing at the moment. So I took this fleeting opportunity to fly outside and manually fertilise the lady. I found the flowers crawling with bees, which was also very exciting, because the numbers of bees have been much fewer due to the recent hot weather and smoky days.
It was lucky I did because a bee was trapped below the stamen of the boy flower! The bee was wedged in so tight that I had to rescue it. Then I picked the boy flower to inseminate the girl. You only get one chance, ladies and gentlemen. In a few hours, the flowers will close and the opportunity for a second pumpkin could be lost.
Here is the deflowered boy. Can anyone see the irony in that?
And finally, another photo of some bees hard at it; this time in the girl flower.
Maybe I didn’t need to hand fertilise after all?
Now, even though it is not my Friday song day, I think we need a song to mark the passing of an Australian institution — the Holden car. General Motors announced yesterday the death of the Holden car brand. The Holden car brand has been in existence for 130 years. Everything is temporary, ladies and gentlemen. Hug your children, hold your family close and never let a chance go by.