Squash blossoms falling off

The Blossoms are Falling

From the back cover:

The Blossoms Are Falling
It was an age of peace and tranquility that crashed to a close with a war so violent it shattered the foundations of Japan. It toppled the old imperial order and gave rise to the Shogun. An era containing the zenith of art and culture, but the nadir of strife and suffering. It was the twilight of one epoch and the dawn of another. It was the Heian era, and Japan would never be the same.

In this new supplement from Burning Wheel Headquarters, you play fearsome bushi trapped between honor and shame, wise Shinto priests who seek to placate the spirits who protect Nihon, powerful Buddhist monks who pray for the souls of the dead while plying strong influence at court, and powerful courtiers battling for control of the failing state. Whichever role you choose to undertake, you will determine the fate of the era: Will Nihon walk her doomed path or will history be changed? Will the state survive or will it descend into anarchy? Will the emperor retain his rule or will the samurai rise and claim his power? You are at the center of this maelstrom and you will decide!

This 212-page book contains a Clan Burner to help your group design a campaign for this setting, five new lifepath settings, four new emotional attributes, 100 new traits, more than 30 new skills, ten new Japanese monsters, six new forms of natural magic, Feats of Valor, challenges of honor, rules of etiquette and the poetic Duel of Verse. Plus dozens of new illustrations, and fiction by Robin D. Laws!

User summary:

The Blossoms Are Falling is a setting supplement for The Burning Wheel (Revised Edition) that covers Heian era Japan (794-1189).

To use this book, you will need the Burning Wheel core books as well as the Monster Burner.

The book’s full title, as given on the title page, is:

In this shimmering spring,
Ah, with ever anxious heart
The blossoms are falling

Composition Date: 2008
Revision Date: 2013
Duration: 00:04:20
Genre: Choral (9 + Voices), With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards


Instrumentation Set Number 1:

  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Women’s chorus


  • Call Number:
  • MV 6101 L9485ho
  • Genre:
  • Choral (9 + Voices), With Solo Instrument, , Keyboards
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • May 15, 2013
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (12 p.) ;
    12 Pages
    Height: 28 cm
    Width: 22 cm
  • Language Information
  • Main language: English
  • Additional Information:
    the fruit takes from the sun
    the skin swells thin green
    to red to ripeness
    until the time for giving
    when the wind
    thuds and seeds the earth
    and the rich brown soil
    receives the flight down
    and to walk at that moment
    in the orchard again
    when the children
    are still small
    and to see
    in the sunlight
    how the blossoms are falling
    “Forgiveness” is from A Garden of Anchors: Selected Poems by Joy Kogawa
    Mosaic Press 2003
    © 2003 by Joy Kogawa. Used with permission.
    Commissioned by Rosalyn Clark for Elektra Women’s Choir,
    Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer, C.M., Co-Conductors,
    in celebration of Diane’s directorship

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“What’s wrong with my squash?” and “Why isn’t my squash fruiting?” are two common squash questions. Often, these squash problems are related to lack of pollinators. Here are the short answers, as well as a video to show you HOW to hand pollinate a squash.

Why is My Squash Not Fruiting?

If your squash blooms flowers but never bears actual fruit, or it bears fruit that stops growing when it’s very small, then it’s a pollination issue.

Most squashes have separate male and female flowers on the same plant. Male blossoms are borne on a straight green stem, while female blossoms sit atop a tiny squash. Only female blossoms set fruit.

To produce fruit, pollen from male flowers must be physically transferred to the female flowers by bees. If you do not have enough bees, you can manually pollinate with a Q-tip—or, add nearby plants that attract bees!

How to Hand Pollinate Squash

See our video demonstrating how to hand pollinate your squash.

What usually happens is: You’ll see male blossoms first, and you’ll wonder where the female flowers are! Be patient. If there is rain or cold weather, the pollinating bees may not come out which might delay the emergence of the female blossom.

This is another reason to self-pollinate squash. Using a small artist’s paintbrush, just dab pollen from the inside of male flowers on open females.

If you’re seeing fruit, but they are shriveling up and/or rotting, this may also be a pollinator issue. This can also happen because the conditions are so damp that the squash gets a fungus.

Squash can also have pests problems, but that’s another story. See our Squash and Zucchini Growing Guide to learn more.

Why Zucchini Blossoms Fall Off The Plant

Your zucchini plant looks healthy. It is covered in lovely blossoms. Then one morning you walk out to your garden to find all those blossoms lying on the ground. The stem is still intact and it looks as though someone took a pair scissors and cut the blossoms right off the stem. Is there a crazy marauder cutting your zucchini blossoms off? No, not at all. This is perfectly normal. There is nothing wrong with your zucchini plant.

Why Do Zucchini Blossoms Fall Off the Plant?

There are two reasons why zucchini blossoms fall off the plant.

Male Zucchini Blossoms

This is the most common reason for zucchini flowers falling off the plant: zucchini plants have male and female flowers. Only female zucchini blossoms can produce zucchini squash. Once male zucchini blossoms have opened to release their pollen, they simply fall off the plant. Many times, a zucchini plant will produce only male blossoms when first in bloom to ensure that pollen will be available when the female blossoms open. The male blossoms will all fall off, making it seem as though the zucchini plant is losing all of its flowers. Don’t worry, female blossoms will open soon and you will get zucchini squash.

Poor Pollination

Zucchini blossoms will also fall off the plant if the pollination between the male and female blossoms is poor. Basically, the plant will abort the female blossoms if they are not pollinated well enough. Poor pollination can happen due to a lack of pollinators, like bees or butterflies, high humidity that causes the pollen to clump, rainy weather, or a lack of male blossoms.

While zucchini blossoms falling off the plant may look alarming, it is perfectly natural and is not an indicator of any problems with the plant itself.

Squash Blossoms Falling Off Vine

You just spent several weeks lovingly caring for a squash plant. All of these gorgeous blossoms just popped up all over and all you can say is, “This is it, we’ll have squash within a week”. The next thing you know, those squash blossoms are falling off the vine like rats from a sinking ship. No tasty squash and no blossoms. Whatever should you do?

Is Squash Blossoms Falling Off Normal?

The first thing is to not panic. This is very normal. Yes, you read right, it’s normal for squash vines to lose their blossoms, especially early in the growing season.

Squash plants are monoecious, meaning that they have both male and female blossoms growing on the same plant. The female blossoms are the only ones that will eventually produce fruit. Early in the growing season, squash plants tend to produce more male blossoms than female blossoms. Since there are no female blossoms for the male plant to pollinate, the male blossoms simply fall off the vine.

Your squash vine will produce more blossoms very shortly and these blossoms will be a more even mix of female and male blossoms. The male blossoms will still fall off the vine but the female blossoms will grow into lovely squash.

Male and Female Squash Blossoms

How can you tell the difference between the male and female blossoms? You just need to take a look under the blossom itself. At the base of the blossom (where the blossom attaches to the stem), if you see a bump below the blossom, that is a female blossom. If there is no bump and the stem is just straight and skinny, this is a male blossom.

Do your male blossoms need to go to waste? No, not at all. Squash blossoms are actually edible. There are a great many very delicious recipes for stuffed squash blossoms. Male blossoms, which will not produce fruit anyway, are perfect for these recipes.

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