Monday, July 23, 2007

What is this?

Mystery fruit
Originally uploaded by In Shaw
So before the renovation, I threw seeds in things and on the ground. So the front yard is whatever survived construction workers throwing stuff on top, stepping on, etc. The backyard is whatever was there before and this thing.
Look at the picture. What the hey is this thing? It is in a pot so there is a 70% chance I put it there. At first I thought it was a cucumber because the plant is kinda small and it is a clingy plant. Well when the fruit got bigger than a golf ball I knew, not a cucumber. Cuke has little thorny bits, this has soft hairs.
So I had Jimbo come over and used his plant superpowers to determine what it was. First guess was watermelon. But the leaves were wrong for watermelon. Second answer, don't know. Then somehow Jim put on his landscape architecture hat and made all sorts of suggestions of turning into some garden with a water feature.
So I'm taking this to the people. Any guesses of what this is?



At 7/23/2007 9:21 AM, Blogger inked said...


At 7/23/2007 10:13 AM, Anonymous poo poo said...

it looks like some kinda squash.

At 7/23/2007 11:19 AM, Blogger Amy said...

Thai eggplant?

At 7/23/2007 5:19 PM, Anonymous jimbo said...

I am convinced it is some kind of melon, but not a watermelon. I'll bet with inked that it's a cantaloupe.

At 7/23/2007 6:26 PM, Anonymous rr 446 said...

Tromboncino squash

At 7/23/2007 10:19 PM, Blogger Grand Marnier said...

mishappen zucchini?

At 7/25/2007 9:57 AM, Blogger The Good Doctor said...

I had a nasty pumpkin plant, hatched from the seeds of an exploded jack'o'lantern parent. Not only does it sound like a horror movie plot, the thing took over my front yard. Like a fool, I transplanted a few seedlings to the backyard, where they climbed the fence and swallowed my tomato plants. Also, they drained the soil of nutrients and their leaf cover blocked the sun and killed the grass. And since the parent was a hybrid, its spawn had hetereosis, so the baby pumpkins that resulted were twerpy, inedible, and ugly.

Man, I'm never going to do that again.

And it looked like your fruit. (Although if it were a pumpkin, it wouldn't look like it until Sep/Oct.)

At 7/25/2007 2:58 PM, Blogger Mari said...

You're funny Doc.
There is a second fruit on the vine and when it reaches a size I'll take the 1st fruit off and open it up and examine it. I might eat a small bit.... if I die you'll know why (note: will still not updated). Then we'll know if it is a squash or a melon, maybe.


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