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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.