Secret Sex Life of Zucchini

Just outside your door, near where your children play and your pets roam, there is an orgy going on. Right under your very nose.

Male flowers are locked in a competition to see who wins the right to spread his progeny for next season.

I chuckle whenever I see the budding young male flowers, they remind me of “Audrey II” from the “Little Shop of Horrors” film.

Male Zucchini Bud
Young Male Squash Bud

In full bloom.

Male Zucchini
Male Squash Flower

The sought after prize.

Female Zucchini Life
Waiting patiently

The outcome?

A Zucchini the size of a Buick.

Flowers are so deliciously wicked.

Even the Moose get tired of Rain

This little guy and his momma showed up today during one of the heavier rain showers.

They wandered around, ate some of Pammy’s berries and stripped some branches off the trees. The young one then took exception to our pulsing sprinkler.

rain calf
I’m gonna stomp somethin’.

I don’t know why. The sprinkler was not running but something about that yellow and black hardware in the middle of the lawn really pissed it off.
It sniffed and pawed and finally stomped the sprinkler. It would walk away with a bit of a strut in its step as if to say, “Well, I certainly showed you.”

Then Pammy turned the water on. That really upset both the moose and it’s momma. Note the hackle standing up on the back of the neck. If you ever see a moose with its hair up like that, just walk away. Now ! It would charge the sprinkler until it was hit with the stream then it would back off. It did this over and over.

Finally, they moved off into the woods. Pammy gave it about five minutes then moved to turn off the hose.

Momma came charging out of the woods snorting and grunting. Pammy was in no danger as she was behind the fence. The moose made several threatening moves toward the now running sprinkler but didn’t like to get sprayed in the snoot or the boot.

Even the moose get cranky in the rain.

From the Alaska Garden

We are running much cooler this summer with heavy cloud cover and cold rain. The garden is running about 4 weeks behind. First frost is no more than 6 weeks off.

The crops are struggling mightily to reach maturity. Yields will be low.

Squash Blossom
Alaska Squash Blossom – iPhone 5s – handheld

This blossom is over 6 inches across and the plant is throwing leaves that are over a foot square. I don’t recall the zucchini of my Indiana youth being so large.

Cauliflower and cabbage are putting out monster leaves as well.

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