Once in a while our bittergourds are afflicted with coppery coloured leaves then I know they are doomed. They will slump over and HSM (that’s Happy Scissors Mummy) will hack them up. It happened today to one of our bittergourd jungles. Bye Bye Bittergourd. Here is the last of them:
We have a lot of ladybirds on our eggplants and luffas. I think these are their larvae living under the wintermelon leaves. I HOPE so, anyway… but to be sure, I popped them into a container and I am watching their development carefully. More carefully than I did my math exam paper. My math teacher was very mad with me. Even my P1 math teacher was mad with me. She even called Mummy!
Remember I complained about our lying eggplants, and then they cracked under pressure and decided to tell the truth? Here is the evidence. Turkish ORANGE eggplants. One is truthful and the other is almost there.
PS They are still lying. They are supposed to be sweet-fleshed but they were very bitter.
Mummy has 2 twins, a Day Evil Twin (called Day ET) who is my Godma, and a Night Evil Twin who is my Pediatrician. All of them look very different. My Godma’s hair is shorter than mine and sometimes when she plays golf, she gets mistaken for the boy caddy. My Pediatrician looks more patient than Godma and Mummy. Actually I can spot other differences but Mummy says no need to discuss those!
We have twin purple long beans. The flowers came out at the same time, but somehow one grew faster than the other when they became beans. See?
Remember my post on the apple cucumber? It’s flowering now, and you can just see the little bud behind. According to the Thompson & Morgan website (I think that’s where Novice Gardener got the seeds from), apple cucumbers are supposed to be really yummy. So I hope we we get at least ONE apple cucumber to taste.
In my last post I accused the bittergourds of being bullies. They are beautiful bullies, though.
Mummy is very fussy about people keeping to their own space and has even taped her study cupboards closed because she cannot stand Daddy and me putting our things inside her cupboards. She is also fussy about plants keeping to themselves and spends days unwinding bittergourds from pumpkins, luffas from cucumbers, long beans from bamboo…
Lately she has been distracted so one pot of bittergourds seized their chance to strangle the red okra. Look!
Then in another corner of the garden, the trough of bittergourds made a move on our neighbour’s plants: