It’s pouring today. (I love it). Good thing I cleaned the garden box when I did. After a midweek frost, the birdhouse gourd vines shriveled up. I cut down the last of them and brought the pair of gourds indoors for drying.
I have a good giggle whenever I pass them. They look exactly like a pair of bowling pins.
Earlier in the year, one of the vines grew up and over the telephone line. Eventually one of the two large gourds took hold, putting weight on the lines. I came up with a quick fix using garden twine and a mesh bag, pictured below.
It worked really well, allowing the gourd to grow unhampered and at the same time it kept my internet up and running. I have my priorities.
What I didn’t expect was the honeycomb pattern the bag left on the gourd. It’s not imprinted but rather faded from the lack of sun. Isn’t that interesting?
Now we wait. While the gourds are drying, I’ll be dreaming of a way to decorate each one. Here are a few ideas: