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Annuals: Help...disaster produced dilemma, new mystery gourds?

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Clinton, IL
(Zone 6a)

June 16, 2008
6:36 AM

Post #5110401

The best intentions... ah well...
This sping, in MARCH, I started a nice selection of gourds, including some miniatures, indoors. Everything was id'd (marked the peat pots) and organized so CAREFULLY...
However, one of my CATS (grrrr) somehow was left alone in my room while I was gone one day in early May, and she somehow brought the WHOLE shelving system down.
What I found, when I got home, was a pile of upside down trays and peat pots, all thrown together, tangled vines, many uprooted and snapped completely... it was a terrible day.

I painfully set about trying to salvage SOMETHING from the mess, and saved perhaps a dozen or so out of the 48 that had been thriving just hours before. Out of these, only THREE were still somewhat "in" their marked peat pots. The 6 to 8 surviving miniatures were easy to separate ONLY because there vines and leaves were distinctly more petite; however, I was not able to discern which were cannonball, spinner/dancing gourd, egg, mini bushel or mini bottle...
Of the other five or six, that I guessed to be "standard", I was not able to know whether they were bushel, speckled swan, pear or martin...

I've attached several images. The "mini's" I've been able to set out (finally) as a "gourd tree" all have tiger-yellow-orange blossoms (all males so far), and their foliage has a "maple leaf" appearance (as opposed to the "heart" shape of the standards). Any idea as to which of the above these are??

In another spot, ONE miniature is resurrecting itself from a broken plant, set outside now, but I have no idea as to what IT will be; it's leaves are NOT like the other miniature just described, but oval, heart-ish.

Against the fence, I set out the few "standard" plants I saved, but cannot tell if they're bushel, swan, pear or martin. Can this be id'd by the LEAVES? (see pic)

And last, some (cannonball, swan or bushel) seedlings that had been started just a WEEK before the "fall" must have gotten mixed in with the scattered peat pot soil that I scooped into the "survivor" pots; I separated the babies when they came up and put them in a pot by themselves, but I have NO IDEA now which of the three THEY are...
Do ANY of the pics help ID any of the miniatures or standards?

Also, the color of the miniatures' blossoms worries me, as I've always associated that color with SQUASH, or ORNAMENTAL (not hardshelled) gourds... What are they? I'm hoping someone who grows mini's will be able to at least help me ID the gourd tree mini's...
This was such a terrible, terrible start to the year for me, and I'm almost DEPRESSED that I won't have the crop this year that I planned so carefully for... ;-(

Note to Self (LOL): strap or tie shelves to something sturdy so they will NOT FALL so easily next Spring... (and maybe loosely tie color-coding ribbons DIRECTLY on to a stem or vine of each young plant from now on)...

feeling sincerely gypped,

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