Bottom left and clockwise; a small pumpkin can be seen beneath a hopeful flower. Then as the plant matures, the flower begins to grow and awaits pollination from a male flower by a bee. A flower is set once pollination has occured and the spent flower falls off and rapid growth occurs. The pumpkin [...]
Photo credit: Mike Brown
Top clockwise: Zucchini squash, Patty Pan squash, Butternut squash and Conneticut Field pumpkin.
Both squash and pumpkins have buttery yellow male and female flowers on their vines and shrubs and are pollinated mostly by bees that frequent the plants early in the morning. In the case of the pumpkin seen [...]
Planted in the vegetable garden at Descanso Gardens I have planted a champion sunflower species called, Sunzilla. They are capable of reaching a height of seventeen feet with a flower head diameter of nearly eighteen inches! Currently mine are at ten feet tall and are beginning to set a flower head. Each day I [...]