Why aren't my female bud blooms maturing & blosoming???

Clinton, IL(Zone 6a)

My paltry little "garden" of three (all that's left of over 4 dozen April 'starts') speckled swan gourds has me despondent this week...
A little over 4 weeks ago the MALE blossoms had begun opening in the early morning/evenings. For about 2 or 3 weeks, the vines grew, climbed the fenced, and I cut the 'leading' end away when they reached about 10 feet long, to better facilitate 'branching", and lo and behold... female 'babies' started popping up.

I patiently waited for them to start opening...
One week, two, then the little fuzzy baby turned sickly yellow and just fell off the vine, gourdlet and its top unmatured blossom head and all...
So far this is ALL I've seen happen. Right now, over a dozen like this on the vines, with many already about to give up the ghost like the first, without even opening their baby female blossom for pollinating...

See the picture, below...

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