The Great Pumpkin Adventures of Diana Doucet
Chapter Six - Stairway to Heaven

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Your head is humming and it won't go,
in case you don't know,
The piper's calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow,
and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.

Aug 4 Thirty day benchmarks for my three pumpkins:
937 Mombert:  Athena         86"  circ., 206 OTT 
875 Dill:            Hera             95"  circ.,  237  OTT
947 Patrick:     Aphrodite     94"  circ.,  227 OTT

                   The front patch.   Hera's Domain 

Hera's Legion of Corn Soldiers stand guard over Argos, her Temple of Dreams

Hera - Queen of the Deities

Proud Hera broods in her sanctuary,

The High Pristesss of Argos

Aug 20  The pole beans hit the top of the temple.  The temple is 10 feet in diameter and 14 feet to the wind sock.  It's made out of a pole and some garden twine and 20 stakes.  I used scarlet runner and white dutch runner pole beans.  The indian corn that serve as Hera's honor guard is tassling out at about 12 feet.  I'm starting to feel like a midget in my own garden


The rear patch - where goddesses dwell

Athena is in the forground.  Aphodite resides farther back

Athena, Goddess of Wisdom and War

Noble Athena (320 OTT, day 60) stands tall in the patch

Aphrodite: Goddess of Beauty

Lovely Aphodite (305 OTT, day 57), seduces the patch with her beauty

Aug 30
After a picture perfect summer of sunny blue skies and warm temperatures.  The sky's cloud over and it turns cold for four days running now.  It even rained.  It doesn't rain in California in the summer but it sure got wet outside this week.  The cool days have slowed my pumpkins down some, but they are still chugging along and growing some every day. 

Aphodite, my pumpkin with the fastest start, slowed down early not wanting to spoil her beauty with excess pork.  She's still growing, however, and turning a lovely orange.

Athena marches on at 10 pounds a day - nothing can stop her slow advance. 

Hera, the unpredictable, strikes fear and awe in all who behold her.  She has taken on a massive form to humble the lesser gods in her kingdom.

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