A gaudy splash of yellow by the compost heap drew my notice one midsummer morning. I was recovering from a cranial aneurysm which had impaired vision in my left eye so I mystified by that flamboyant color. Upon investigation it proved to be a valiant cucurbita pepo. Thriving undisturbed with its brilliant chrome blossoms, springy tendrils, voluptuous young fruit, massive leaves—all attached to sturdy stems—it commanded me in no uncertain terms: You’ve GOTTA paint us! And dutifully I obeyed.
The Cucurbitaceae family includes numerous species of melons, cucumbers, gourds, gherkins, pumpkins and squash. The genus name cucurbit describes a vessel with a wide mouth which is a container for liquids and a constituent part of the alembic, Continue for larger image “Cucurbita pepo” »