Sweat pours down my body from the heat and exertion; a drop leaves my chin and lands in the bed below as I lean down and in... I see an area missed before, somehow neglected. (Can't have that...) I reach down with two fingers, taking it gently yet firmly between... wiggle it some to worry it loose a bit first. I pinch it then---
And pull the pesky little weed trying to take root in my garden. And that, right where the heirloom watermelon resides! That watermelon vine, I promise, has grown half a foot in the time between yesterday's glance and today's labor of weeding I've let get near out of hand. Well, more the creeping-in of bermuda, in an area of the bed I added this year-- where grass previously lay.
Here's an overview of the expansion bed. The afore-mentioned watermelon is in the foreground... Behind that is the out-of-control melons... Store-bought cantaloupe, consumed and the rind and seed thrown out to compost (the original intent of the vine-covered area), the seeds decided to do what seeds, given sun [heat/light] and water [liquid] and dirt [fertile ground!], are wont to do-- PRODUCE... or, um fruit... you know; guess orientation comes into play... Don't know what the canta-critters will look, taste, or be like (like melons, I'm a-hopein'), but if naught else, we got some pretty groundcover. Oh-- hard to see from the above vantage-- wanna get closer?!?-- but the blooms are PROLIFIC, and many have this: behind them-- little two-pea sized bloomin' melons! HAR!
Gimme two weeks, and I'll run a taste test. If'n y'don't hear back from me after that-- this being some second-generation hybrid mutie, well... I say then don't try this at home, kiddies!
Gots plenty more pics, both the weekend and today-- but whah! I might needs them to tease you notrherners more of a future date!!!
Well, Folks, before the customary close, I wanna add two more things.
First, CYGNUS IS BAA-AACK!!!
I'll be around if not c'est soir (got loads of housecleaning to do before grandma returns from a week-long foray to me mum's and sister's neck o' the woods to visit and terroriz-- um, i mean, really I did-- TICKLE her great-grandbabies...), then on the morrow latest, with my usual snide, snippy, or otherwise off-the-wall commentary on yall's sites. Thanks, all, for allotting me hiatus. Which leads me to my ...
SECONDLY-- a very deep, heartfelt bow and TREMENDOUS THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! to one very good friend who kept my spirits up with near-constant emails this past week or so. YOU know who you are. If we weren't being watched, i'd KISS you here (or there! lol!) and now... Ahh, what the hell... hide yer eyes if'n you don't wanna watch-- ***MMUUU--WAAHHH!!!!!*** [um.. you did get the tongue, d'in ya?!?]