Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Lupe the Cantaloupe

Ever the creative one, Keith named our first melon Lupe, pronounced like the last two syllables of "Guadalupe" (does not rhyme with Cantaloupe).  I thought it was kind of a silly name (setting aside the fact that it's, um, a little silly to name your melon), but it somehow stuck.  So now we talk about Lupe all the time.

Here is my first time meeting Lupe last weekend.  Look how much she's grown since her debut just last week!  I think she was motivated by all the positive encouragement from our blog readers.

 Lupe on August 21, 2010 (Day 57)

Pretty in Pink on August 22, 2010 (Day 58)

Keith and I discussed the need to provide some sort of support for Lupe.  I have seen pictures of knee highs being used as melon support, but we didn't have any knee highs on hand.  So we borrowed this pink bandana from Reese (one of our dogs), who got it from the doggie groomer a few weeks ago.  We promised to return the bandana to Reese, after Lupe was done with it.  Reese didn't seem to mind at all.

We also have a second melon growing on this same plant.  He showed up a few days after Lupe, but he has been growing at a slower pace.  Much slower.  He is also shaped a little lopsided.  Keith has dubbed him Tardo.  We don't talk about him much.  And Keith tells me that this one is now turning yellow as of today.  I guess we really won't talk about him much anymore.

But here is a picture of him, if you must see.  You can also see Sienna (our other dog) in the background, wearing her pink bandana (each dog got her own bandana from the groomer).  Lupe is the blurry melon you see in the back.  Tardo is in the front.

This post is linked to Tuesday Garden Party.

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Anonymous said...

Lupe is very nice in size; hopefully it will grow some more before it ripens.
Tardo was maybe jealous as you were talking about Lupe all the time, so he decided to turn yellow.

ana @ i made it so said...

oh canteloupe! mmm. i like how you've named them, i had a giggle over that.

Dan Owen said...

I'm kind of rooting for Tardo.

Erin said...

Naming your melon "Lupe" is completely sane (this coming from the one who named her tomato Jake Gyllenhaal)! Great photos!

Dirt Lover said...

I think I have to root for Tardo. I work with Severely Handicapped kids. Rooting for the underdog is just what I do! Hopefully Tardo isn't medically fragile, 'cause, you know gardens..... it's a jungle out there!

Annie's Granny said...

OMG, talk about silly...naming your cantaloupe.

Excuse me while I go out to water my Leona, the Meyer Lemon. ;-)

zentmrs said...

They are really growing! I wish we'd grown melons this year. I can't wait to see the pair of them ripen!

thyme2garden said...

vrtlarica - Keith tells me that Lupe continues to visibly increase in size every day! I hope she turns into a nice fat melon. I don't know what to do about that Tardo kid, I wish he would do something more productive to get my attention, instead of throwing a fit and turning yellow. :-)

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ana - giggle-inducing blog posts are always good! Glad you enjoyed!

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Dan Owen - thank you for the support. I'm sure Tardo appreciates it. Now, if he will have a change of heart and start growing in the right direction...

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Erin - thank you for the validation!!

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Dirt Lover - aw, you're too nice. And you're totally right, it is a jungle out there!

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Granny - no one ever said gardening was not silly!

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zentmrs - yes they really are! Well, at least Lupe is growing. I'm really not sure about Tardo. I am so looking forward to tasting my first homegrown melon this year. It's going to be so exciting!

Faith Kolean said...

"Keith has dubbed him Tardo. We don't talk about him much." That made me laugh! You can't name your melons, because then you might feel bad when you have to cut them from the vine to eat them. Funny post.

Stefaneener said...

What cooperative doggies you have. I hope they enjoy the melons as much as you do.

thyme2garden said...

Faith Kolean - I'm glad you enjoyed! I'm trying to remember, because I don't want to be wrong, but I think this it the first time we've named anything we've grown. Yeah, there's a teeny tiny possibility that we might feel bad when we have to eat our named melon, but is that going to stop us from enjoying it when the time comes? Nooooo, I don't think so. :)

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Stefaneener - our doggies love eating melons, they really do!

Lou Murray's Green World said...

I love it that you've named your melons. I named the beet that I entered in the county fair this year. They made fun of me at the entry desk, but Goliath took second prize.

thyme2garden said...

Lou Murray, I can't believe they made fun of you at the entry desk! You sure showed them with the second prize, though. Good for you!

Jami said...

You guys are too fun over this plant! It must be fun for your friends to hang around you. :-)

Thanks for keeping us updated at the Tuesday Garden party!


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