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Monday, November 09, 2015

Just in Case You're Wondering . . .

Back in July, I wrote a post called "It's the Great Pumpkin(s), Charlie Brown!" about a serendipitous pumpkin vine that sprouted from last year's pumpkins that I purchased. I was hopeful that my pumpkins, or at least some of them, would make it through to autumn, so I could display them in my front yard.

Well, just in case you're wondering . . . the answer is YES! 
Two pumpkins out of 4 sat inside my air conditioned house from July until the end of September when I happily placed them out front. 

It worked out perfectly that one was small and one large. Every time I pulled into or backed out of the driveway they put a BIG smile on my face!!!
Aren't they a couple of beauties?
Well, here's the thing. Yes, there always has to be a "thing" in every story, and, it's actually kind of ironic and a bit funny, too.  Halloween day arrived and I thought . . . I should probably put them inside the garage in case a trick or treater thinks it would be funny to smash a pumpkin or two. Right?

So, I'm pulling into the driveway later that day and I notice that the small pumpkin is gone. I walk over and realize that it has rolled off the top because the big pumpkin gave one large exhale and collapsed on top of the planter. Sorry, I didn't think to take a picture of that because I was too busy very carefully moving a soft and smelly pumpkin to the backyard, so . . . yes, you guessed it . . . it can start the process all over again.

In the meantime, I'll be thankful if the last remaining little pumpkin can make it through Thanksgiving!


janiceflorida said...

First of all, congrats on keeping them going until Fall. Beautiful pumpkins! I hope the big guy that erupted produces a bountiful crop for next year. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I wondered about those pumpkins more than once! Very happy to see they fared so well. We actually had a few pumpkins smashed (we think it was an older group of kids who came-a-knocking long after the lights were out and the candy all gone. Punks. :-)

Leslie Kimel said...

That's awesome that your pumpkins made it so long. They look great on display in your urn!

Susan said...

Hi Janice - I hope it produces some more pumpkins, too. I'm going to save some seeds and start them a little later for better timing.

Hi Eli - that's a bummer about your pumpkins. I would have hated to seen mine go that way.

Hi Leslie - thanks! It was nice not having to buy a couple pumpkins this year.

Lynn McIntosh said...

Your pumpkins look adorable on your urn! At least you got to enjoy the big one for awhile. I put out pumpkins the first year we moved here and in three hot and sultry days - they were mush. Lol! Oh, well. Hope your little one continues on! They put a smile on my face too! :)

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