Cucurbita maxima ‘James Robinson’: Amish Pie squash

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Cucurbita maxima ‘James Robinson’, an Heirloom obtained by James Robinson, an Amish gardener in Maryland. Pale orange oval-shaped fruit with flesh measures up to 5″ in thickness and the largest fruits weigh 60-80 pounds. Firm moist flesh is excellent for making pies.

Photo: Burt’s FarmDawsonville, GA, 20120916

Source: WikipediaSeed  Saver Exchange

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Cucurbita maxima ‘Jarrahdale’: Blue Pumpkin

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Cucurbita maxima ‘Jarrahdale’ [100 days] is an Heirloom native to Australia with wonderful blue grey skin and heavy ribbing. Decorative as well as flavorful. Jarrahdale has a flatten deep ribbed pumpkin shape with shiny light blue-gray skin. 6-120 pounds. Jarrahdale’s tasty flesh is thick, sweet and rich golden-yellow to orange in color. It has a very small seed cavity and thin but extremely hard skin.

Photo: Burt’s FarmDawsonville, GA, 20120916

Source: Wikipedia, Local Harvest

Urbanus proteus: Long-tailed Skipper

The Long-tailed Skipper [Urbanus proteus] is a spread-winged skipper butterfly found throughout tropical and subtropical South America, south to Argentina and north into the southern part of the United States of America. It cannot live in areas with prolonged frost.

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^ The white spots on the wings are translucent.

It is a showy butterfly, with wings of light brown tinted with iridescent blue, and two long tails extending from the hindwings. The robust body is light blue dorsally. It has a large head, prominent eyes, and a wingspan between 4.5 and 6 centimeters. The adults feed on nectar from flowers.

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Photos: Burt’s FarmDawsonville, GA, 20120916;  Atlanta Botanical GardenAtlantaGeorgiaUSA  [20130913]

Source: Wikipedia

Cucurbita maxima ‘Rouge Vif d’Etampes’: Cinderella Pumpkin

Cucurbita maxima ‘Rouge Vif d’Etampes’, Cinderella Pumpkin, is vivid red French heirloom will carry you off into a fairy tale where maidens ride in pumpkins and wear glass slippers!

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Flattened fruits average 10-20 lbs and resemble a red cheese wheel. Edible pumpkin with an exceptionally deep orange flesh and a sweet strong pumpkin flavor. This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.

Photo: Burt’s FarmDawsonville, GA, 20120916

Source: Wikipedia, High Mowing

Catharanthus roseus: Madagascar Periwinkle

Catharanthus roseus [Madagascar Periwinkle] is a species of Catharanthus native and endemic to Madagascar. Synonyms include Vinca rosea, Ammocallis rosea, and Lochnera rosea; other English names occasionally used include Cape Periwinkle, Rose Periwinkle, Rosy Periwinkle, and “Old-maid”.

It is an evergreen shrub or herbaceous plant growing to 1 m tall. The flowers are white to dark pink with a darker red center.

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In the wild, it is an endangered plant; the main cause of decline is habitat destruction by slash and burn agriculture. However, it is widely cultivated and is naturalised in subtropical and tropical areas of the world.

Photo: HortParkSingapore 20120630

Source: Wikipedia

Plumbago auriculata: Cape leadwort

Plumbago auriculata, also called Plumbago capensis, Blue plumbago, Cape plumbago or Cape leadwort, is a well known houseplant originally from South Africa.

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Plumbago auriculata var. alba: White Plumbago

Plumbago auriculata grows fast and to 1.8 meters [6 feet] tall. It has light blue to blue flowers and also variations with white [Plumbago auriculata var. alba] or deep blue [Plumbago auriculata ‘Royal cape’] flowers.

Photo: HortParkSingapore 20120630

Source: Wikipedia