So, I thought today would be a perfect day to tell you a tale about Wilfred and Maude. I am in a funny little curious mood, and orange garden globes are a must at this very moment...
You see, there was this time, where this massive huge vine was growing with 14 inch wide leaves that stretched 17 inches+ long....
I often wondered how such a very hearty and long vine could have no babies.
Wondered some more.
And then, one day....
Lo and behold, two large punkin' heads peeked out.
I was so certain, with all my poking around, that there were no babies.
Now, the one on the upper left (above), that is Wilfred.
And, can I just say, Wilfred was a big growing baby.
He had a rugged look.
Strong, tough, handsome.
Maude was a bit smaller, smooth, gentle...
Isn't it so nice that they had each other to grow up with?
I am sure days feel like years to pumpkins :)
I really hated to cut them off the vine.
They seemed so happy, but the buglings were trying to get inside of them, so, it was time to begin collecting...
I have lots of mini pumpkins this year.
They are second generation, which means, in 2009 I bought tiny pumpkins, saved their rotten little bodies until spring, planted their seeds. Had babies from them in 2010, took those 2010 pumpkins, saved them until spring, planted their seeds, and voila, 2nd generation in 2011.
They get tinier and tinier, wonderful!
Don't forget, buy any beautiful store bought squash/pumpkins, use them for decor all autumn and winter, and then use the seeds in spring to grow your own squash. It's grand I tell ya, just grand.
Pumpkin collecting days are so much fun around here. We have had several this summer, and will have one more batch full in a week or so.
Then, the pumpkin season is over on our pad of earth. Until next year. This summer has been the longest foggiest time ever. Foggy brain wise, with heat I really never recall experiencing?
I have cooked lots of pumpkins and put their pureed selves in the freezer. Our freezer is stuffed with corn and okra and pumpkin.
I just love the littles!
Makes me happy.
I am planning for next year. Moving my patches, working on all the things you have to do when you grow pesticide free, and the pumpkin bugs find you.
My brain is bursting with vegetable gardening knowledge, and things yet to learn.
Have you seen Vanishing of the Bees?
You must, if you ask me. (you can Netflix it)
I am ferociously intent on making sure bees have a place to get happy in my garden. With a variety of different plants to keep them healthy.
(I loved when the bees visited us here)
Help the bees in your own garden if you can, even on your apartment porch, won'tcha? If you can, try to stick to organic edibles when shopping (I know, it's very hard, but we can try little by little, can't we?). It is our way of doing any tiny bit we can to help the planet, and keep ourselves healthy too. Systemic pesticides are scary (all are, but those get my attention the most)!
Hug a pumpkin ;)
If you want to talk about changes in people.....
I went from Platforms to Earthworms!
That's my new self description ;)
Platforms to Earthworms...
Who would have thunk? (is that a word?)
By the way, Wilfred and Maude have reminded me, we have a Halloween party to talk about asap. Are you game?
Next week we have all sorts of fun things to chat about. Treats up my sleeve too.
Soooo, with that I say, have a glorious Labor day weekend if you are in the USA, and stay safe!!
We'll be eating the last of the little garden watermelons, summer is beginning its descent, yay!
It was good, but I am ready for a change.
I am off to Le Poste...
Random Thoughts Alert ~
I was up until 2:53 a.m. last night finishing parcel packaging. The most curious thoughts dance in your head, in the wee hours of the night, whilst working along. I realized that my girlish heart has changed, and become more sensible.
During this self to self conversation at 2 a.m., it was brought to my attention that, I am no longer in love with Bryan Ferry and Mickey Rourke. Sorry Mickey, you can't come to my house and have cookies after-all. I changed my mind. I like them both of course, but as far as sharing my heart with them. I outgrew them. Oops.
Who knows, I might change my mind in a couple of hours. I am just that kind of girl. "Love Kiss and Tell," I know, cheesewhiz. It's my thing. I am not ashamed, wink.
Will you pretty pretty please, share your secret famous crush with me (and what you like about that person)?? Please? Oh, this could get good! I am dying to hear! It doesn't 't have to be profound. I have fallen in love over interesting teeth before.
See you sooooon!