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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!

5 comments:

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.

Elizabeth 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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