My cold frame is overflowing with summer vines. Four cucumber varieties, four melons, one pretty little acorn squash plant. I’m admiring the mix of similar leaves that have all gotten mixed up together.
I didn’t do good planning where to plant. No space to walk between trellises and difficult to search the centers of green rows for hidden green cucumbers.
I’ve been comparing leaves of the three curcurbits. All the same size and color. But cucumbers are pointed and star-like, melons are rounded and wide, and acorn squash has deep round lobes.
The flowers are also similar but different. Cucumbers a little bigger and bright yellow. Melon flowers paler, more delicate, and tending to look ragged from bee traffic. I’m looking forward to seeing acorn squash flowers – none yet.