Saturday the female blossom opened on my zucchini. There were no bees around so I fertilized it by hand to make sure. The blossom closed up after noon. Sunday I picked the 5" zucchini. I've never grown them before, other squash yes, but not zucchini. It is just amazing how fast these little buggers grow. When I saw how big it was on Sunday I figured I had better pick it because if it doubled in size after the first 24 hours, it might do it again. I certainly didn't want a massive zucchini. I'm actually not a zucchini fan, despite my great desire to see it start producing. I figure they are too easy to grow and I'll have to learn to love them.
Now before you tell me I'm crazy to change my tastes as an adult, I've done it before - and failed before so no guarantee. I used to have issues going on play dates with my kids when they were little. Usually the other moms would offer everyone something to drink: coffee, tea, milk, soda. I really hated all those drinks. I grew up on water (good water from the Colorado mountains, not the stuff they call water here in Boston). They didn't like water as an answer (this was before bottled water was big). They seemed very upset by having to give me water. I think they were worried that they didn't have what I really wanted, so kept looking in their fridge for something else I would drink. I taught myself to like tea so I could be more socially normal. It took a little while and I used lots of sugar and milk to start off, slowly weaning myself of the addins. I tried to learn to drink coffee too, but lattes and mochas (with soy milk only, they taste awful with cow's milk) are the best I can stomach. I still don't drink most sodas and don't even try me on diet drinks. Ick.
And now back to our regularly scheduled programming - zucchini. I thought about how to start eating zucchini. I figured that I sometimes eat them in Chinese food. When they are all sauced up they really don't taste like zucchini. I ended up making Thai chicken. Yum. The zucchini were fabulous, but of course I couldn't taste them at all. I could only taste the spicy sauce. None of the rest of my family would touch the zucchini so I had it all to myself.
Today the next female blossom opened up, though it doesn't look all that happy about it. It has been raining and the male blossoms are full of water. I wonder if it will be pollinated. They don't seem to stay open for very long and again there are no bees. I tried to hand pollinate, but really with all the wet plant parts, I'm not sure if it will take.