I’ve been keeping a close eye on my pumpkins in the last few weeks.

Their leaves started looking a little odd about 10 days ago.I checked around and found that they are susceptible to a mildew when they get too much water in a short amount of time. I’ve been spraying them with a mild anti-fungal solution and they don’t seem to be getting any worse.

In fact, they’re growing all over the place. This is on August 1, and this is August 7.I have some in the front garden, and they’re finally clawing their way up a little bit of rope I hung from the railing.The flowers and tendrils continue to fascinate me, and when I went to take pictures today, I found this little piece, all curled up, lying perfectly on a leaf.I had not realized how prickly pumpkin stems and leaves are, but you can see it here.There are a ton of the male flowers, and it’s fun to see the bugs and bees pollenating them.There are some tiny little pumpkins growing, but they’ve got a long way to go before they’re ready to be carved.

Here’s what else is growing in my wee garden:

A gorgeous gardenia blossom that smells so fabulous.A sunny yellow daisy.White geraniums with a tiny bit of orange in the center.And a crazy-looking bright red hibiscus.

What’s in your garden?

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Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.