After a successful trip into town and a siesta, I felt the impetus to get my new secateurs out and prune the tomato plants some more. Had I not done so, I would eventually have found a fruit on the butternut vine but it certainly wouldn’t have been this afternoon.
I don’t know as yet if it has been fertilised – the flower looks like it has already bloomed – but at least I know there is now a chance I will have some butternut soup from my own garden.
From past experience of growing squash/pumpkins, it would seem the plants need to get to a large size before the female flowers start to appear. I’m not surprised by this, as it must take a lot of energy to grow a fruit. And it’s not the first time that fruit have appeared so late in the season. Still, there approximately two months left for it to grow, which means I could be in for an even bigger pleasure.