Easy Come, Easy Go

As you may remember, a few weeks ago, we told you about our volunteer watermelon. We had such high hopes, but unfortunately, our little “melon that could”, apparently can’t. It seems that it has contracted a bad case of blossom end rot.

Watermelon - Blossom End Rot

From research on the internet, this can be caused from a variety of things including lack of calcium in the soil, over watering OR under watering. Well, She figures if the plant was hearty enough to come up on its own and grow fruit, it should be able to sustain itself without much help from her. She has been watering regularly, however She is now confused over just how much water it should get. We do have another chance at successfully growing a watermelon, though. There are two more on the vine.

Another new Watermelon

New Watermelon

While we have lost some enthusiasm about the watermelon plant, we are still somewhat hopeful to get at least one watermelon to grow successfully.

She has never had a green thumb at all, and most things she has tried to grow in the past have not thrived. However, this spring, she planted several plants in her new flowerbed that are doing really well. Here is the Lantana that is really flourishing.


And, she has had good luck with Geraniums and Dusty Miller.

Geranium & Dusty Miller

She planted Dianthus, and supposes it is doing well. She wasn’t real sure how it was supposed to look, but loves the hot pink blooms.


She had several Begonias, as in the past, that was one of the only plants She’d had success with. However, they are puny and pitiful and not doing well for some reason.

Another plant that really requires no maintenance at all is a Four O’clock. Talk about a will to live!

Four O'Clocks Early AM

There’s actually an interesting story behind this plant. When She was growing up, our Mawmaw (her Mom) had these plants all around the house. There were these yellows ones, but she also had some hot pink ones and even some with variegated pink and white blossoms. Sadly, we lost Mawmaw in 2000, and the house was sold. This was a long time before they ever dreamed they would live in a rural area, and before She had much interest in plants and such, so none of the beautiful flowers that Mawmaw loved so much came with her. But here is where the twist comes in!! In 2002, when they found this property in a neighboring county advertised for sale, it sounded like just where they wanted to be. The ad stated that it was 25 acres, with pasture and woods and a creek. When they called to arrange a time to see the place, She was surprised to find it actually was owned by her second cousin! So, they were able to make a deal and moved here in March of that year. By Spring, plants were starting to bloom, and while He had a propensity to cut down plants when they first moved there (he has since changed his way of thinking), She was adamant that He not touch the Four O’clocks. And, guess what? Knowing the former owner’s Mom was close to Mawmaw and shared her love of plants, she checked with her and found out the Four O’clocks were actually from Mawmaw’s house! So, fate had a way of gifting us with some of Mawmaw’s plants, after all!

Four O'clock

So, she has an emotional attachment to these pretty yellow blooms that remind her of the many days she played next to them with her little pots and pans and pulled seeds off the plants to “cook”. As for the watermelon, while they wish it would grow and do well, their basic feelings are “easy come, easy go”. If they get a melon, it will be a gift of fate, just like the Four O’clocks, and if not, they haven’t lost anything.




6 thoughts on “Easy Come, Easy Go

  1. That picture of the watermelon with the blossom end rot looks so sad. The other two are looking well though and maybe at least one watermelon will be the result if not two!

    Your story about the Four O’clocks is sweet. I love Four O’clocks myself. My mother-in-law always planted them close to our back door when she was living. I have never been a person that worked in the yard. She, however, loved to work outside from day light until dark. My husband and I lived with her and we had the most beautiful yard. After she passed away we continued to live in the house but the yard did not receive the attention that it was used to. The flowers had been taken so well care of that they thrived on their own for about 2 years. My mother-in-law passed away in 1990 and even now we occasionally get a surprise flower from the past popping up from her gardening. We had Four O’clocks come up year before last and the year before that some beautiful tulips appeared. Then last year a rose bush that we all loved Bloomed so beautiful for the first time in several years. It is amazing sometimes how those little plants hold on and thrive on their own and it is always a joy to see them appear. It always makes me think of my mother-in-law and the way she took care of those flowers and the joy she expressed when she would take me around in the yard and tell me about them; I miss her so much. She was really a wonderful person.


  2. I’ve read that putting eggshells and coffee grounds around plants with blossom end rot prevents it. I’ve also read that sometimes only the first fruit will have blossom end rot. Keep in mind though, that I got my degree in soils as a laboratory soil scientist, not one that actually grew stuff. 🙂


  3. Boomer, Tell She that I remember her playing by the four o’clocks, I had to pretend to eat alot of four o’clock casseroles and four o’clock tea!! 🙂 and ask her while you are at it if she knows why they are called four o’clocks!


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