Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Pumpkin?

Surprise! The squash below is now almost completely orange, and little by little the larger guy behind it is also turning from orange-speckled green to more decidedly orange. If I pull it forward where it will get more sun it, too, will complete the metamorphosis. By Halloween I will have two convincing pseudo-pumpkins by the front door to greet trick-or-treaters.

On another note, the clematis that I thought was supposed to bloom only in the spring has launched a surprise second coming this fall. On my way out to pick vegetables the other day, I thought I was hallucinating when I noticed – climbing the fence that surrounds our pool equipment – this out-of-season specimen:

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