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08:38 pm
One spam notice today. Could be worse.

Thunder and apocalyptic rain interrupt our cool late Julyness. Fortunately I made it indoors (to my aunt's, actually, since I'd contrived a rare afternoon off) before the monsoon hit. Fortunately the tripping pre-schoolers, out for a chilly wade in a local park's fountain, got back in time too.

My squash plants produce flowers, but half Ontario's bees died last winter so I doubt they'll produce squash. One can eat the flowers, but: I took a bite of one last week and found two wasps inside, either mating or too comatose to register the intrusion. The flower was closed up on itself; I suspect my squash plants of being related to Venus flytraps.

Five weeks post-solstice and 8:30 is l'heure bleue. Useful Wunderground tells me that days grower shorter at the rate of one minute 13 seconds per diem. So now I know.
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From:incandescens
Date:July 31st, 2014 01:08 am (UTC)
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I'm rather glad that the wasps inside the flower you bit were comatose. Whether it was post-coital triste or for any other reason.
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From:flemmings
Date:July 31st, 2014 03:02 am (UTC)
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Oh, so am I. Have known people who got their lips stung by wasps. Was not pretty.
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From:mvrdrk
Date:July 31st, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)
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You could always hand pollinate ...
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From:flemmings
Date:July 31st, 2014 03:01 am (UTC)
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(googles) That requires being able to tell male squash flowers from female ones, which, as the old joke has it, is a matter of interest only to another squash plant.
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From:i_am_zan
Date:August 1st, 2014 05:13 am (UTC)
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The bees died? Is it cold that does it ... or some other thing. I uhmm don't actually know about how long bees live. (except that some die after they have stung something)

But surely there are also other insects that will pollinate. Hence the wasps maybe. So very glad you did not crunch on those. *shudder*.
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From:flemmings
Date:August 1st, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
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It might be the cold, but is more likely the pesticides thta are taking out bee colonies around the world.

Maybe the wasps will pollinate, if they ever wake up. Found another comatose one in another flower today. ripped it open and after a minute wasp wandered out unsteadily and flew away.

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