Mystery Plant

As some of you may know, I’m an avid gardener. Not the Martha Stewart type though, who knows all the latin names for things and the special soil and fertilizer amendments – I garden by the seat of my pants. It’s an organic thing, if you will – I do what feels right and often I yield good results.

This year, my garden has been incredible, the weather has been perfect and the bugs and birds are barely bothering the plants at all. In fact, I’ve only lost two plants which is really amazing.

I’ve planted tomatoes of several varieties, summer squash, onions, bell peppers, lettuce, cucumbers, turnips, radishes and even a spontaneous string bean plant came up out of nowhere.

Then there is this plant. It started out as a little seedling and it looked so cute, I thought what the heck, I’ll let it grow and see what happens. The above is what happened. It looked an awful lot like my cucumber plants so I assumed that it was a cucumber plant and let it be. You can never have too many cucumbers in my mind.

About a week ago, I noticed this:

And I knew it wasn’t no stinking cucumber. Over the last several days this mystery fruit/vegetable has continued to grow into:

and

and

I’ve actually come to believe that I am growing watermelons. Or some kind of melon. But I can’t for the life of me explain it. I never planted any watermelon and I never had any watermelon seeds, yet, the fruit on this baby grows by leaps and bounds each day – the largest one is a bit bigger than a softball as of today – and looking more and more like a watermelon.

Anybody out there care to hazard a guess? I’m dying to know what I’m growing and I simply cannot be sure. So, feel free to lob your guesses my way. The winner may end up with a fedexed melon in a few weeks.

WC

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15 thoughts on “Mystery Plant

  1. It does look like some sort of melon.
    What a lovely summer surprise!

    Oh Christine,
    I wish you were here to see them. They are so delightfully mysterious. We could cut one open, examine the guts and write vignettes about them. πŸ˜‰
    Chica

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  2. My guess is the Net melon ! bon appetit

    Wow, Miriam you may be right. It does look a lot like that – except it has stripes starting at each end, which is why I thought it might be water melon. At the rate it’s growing it probably won’t be more than a couple of weeks before I know.

    Good guess!
    Wc

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  3. Definitely some sort of melon. My father-in-law grows watermelons every year, and he usually ends up with a smaller version as well, with light green stripes on it . . and the name of it is on the tip of my tongue, if it werent so late, I’d call him.
    I’ll call him in the morning.

    Did you call him? Did you call him, yet? Wht did he say? Is he a melon expert? Huh, huh, huh? πŸ˜†
    WC

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  4. maybe a certain type of melons. God, I am so blind about garden or nature. hehe ^o^ . Anyway, Happy gardening WC =)

    Maybe the melon that ate cleveland from the looks of it. Will keep you posted, until it devours me alive….. πŸ˜‰
    WC

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  5. Hi WC,

    It does look like a melon, but I suspect you’ve got more than two weeks to wait.

    the Grit

    Hi Grit,
    I don’t know – this thing seems to double in size every 24 hours or so. It may be an alien mother ship for all I know. πŸ˜†
    WC

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  6. I did and was told possibly an ice box melon .. it’s the same type as a sugar baby.
    But I aint no expert.
    I wonder how it tastes. You’ll have to let us know!

    Otay, now I’ll have to look those up and see what I can find out. Thanks! I’ll keep you posted. πŸ˜†
    WC

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  7. What do I know, it looks like a baby cactus to me… πŸ™‚ ……..steve

    Dang Steve,
    What the heck kinda deserts are you visiting? I’m sure I can tell you with certainty it ain’t no stinkin’ cactus. πŸ˜†
    WC

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  8. Hm, to me – who has very little knowledge about gardening other then what I’ve learnt years ago in my grandmother’s garden, that looks like a round zucchini. The hairy cactus and the twirlies would let me believe that….. but then, what do I know.

    Hey Spaz,
    At first I thought it was a cucumber because the leaves seemed so similar but tonight I took a cuke leaf and compared it to the mystery plant leaves and they are distinctly different. They have the same notching in the leaves that melons have, so I’m pretty sure they are melons – I’ve been madly checking different types of melon pics and I think they might be Charentais melons – which I think are a type of cantalope hybrid, near as I can gather. LOL – this may be an ongoing weekly thing – melon updates. LOL.
    WC

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  9. Ok, I have seen far too many alien movies. Are you saying that this plant sprung up from nowhere and is growing like crazy and you might..um…eat this at some point??

    hmm.

    (note to self…do not eat at writer chicks house this summer if invited)

    Hey Mrs M,
    Great moniker btw. No worries – we make sure the heart is removed before we eat it. buwhahahahahahahaha. πŸ˜†
    WC

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  10. Hi WC,

    Try not to fall asleep anywhere near it.

    the Grit

    LOL Grit,
    Did you read Day of the Triffods, too? That book made me fearful of plants for a long time. πŸ˜†
    WC

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  11. to me it looks like a zucchini. a big fat round zucchini.

    guess you won’t know til you cut into it…or it eats you in the middle of the night!

    It did sort of look like that at one stage but it is definitely of the melon family – you can tell by the leaves. I took a small one to work which we dissected and smelled and examined and the consensus is watermelon – probably like Red said, an icebox or a sugar baby (smaller version). Soon enough I’ll know. I’m really digging the mystery though. πŸ˜‰
    WC

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  12. It does look like a melon of some sort. How odd. Once it’s done growing you’ll have to post a picture of it. Maybe by then it’ll be identifiable. πŸ™‚

    ~Kelsey

    Hey Kelsey!
    Yeah, I think I’ll be doing a follow up or two on this thang. πŸ˜†
    WC

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  13. it does look like a melon but maybe its a squash … this is my first year gardening and i am amazed at how big and beautiful everything is … and i made the mistake of planting spaghetti squash a little too close to the carrots as i had no idea how freakin’ big the leaves and vines would get … it kind of looks like what you got going on πŸ™‚

    Hey Daisies,
    Spaghetti squash is huge, I’ll bet it did take over the garden. The trick to gardening (for me) is keeping the plants under control – I’ve nevre had a big garden plot so I’ve had to develop ways to corral the climbers and creepers – vertical turned out to be the best solution. Both squash and melons are creepers and spikers – the vines spread out and spike into the ground and can cover quite a bit of space. So far, the caging and twining is working. πŸ˜‰
    WC

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  14. It’s a round zucchini.
    No question about it.

    Good guess, but it seems to be turning into a cantaloupe. For an update, read, “Mystery Melon Theatre” πŸ˜‰
    WC

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