Last fall we were disappointed when we couldn't find any Baby Boo pumpkins for our fall and Halloweenie decor. So we did what every baby white pumpkin loving person would do. We bought seeds.
We were first time pumpkin planters and we had big plans for our harvest...
... of millions.
I planted 10 seedlings in the oak half barrel next to the Lavatera. They grew beautifully, had oodles of flowers... and nothing else. A little post-planting research told me they wouldn't bear fruit in a container. They needed lots of room to spread their prickly stems and tendrils. Oops. There went our dreams of little white pumpkins everywhere this fall.
Lucky for us I accidentally planted one seedling in the front flower bed thinking I was planting a Lavatera. They look quite similar when small. Well, this pumpkin went crazy out there growing across the lawn and pushing around the perennials and annuals.
The frost took it's toll on the leaves and with the weather supposed to get cool this week we thought we'd better harvest our Baby Boos today. No wheelbarrow was needed, but it was still fun.
Max was a big help. He always has embarrassing problems with leaf litter.
Macy arranged our harvest on the front step. There was actually one more teeny one that Mr. C.F. "accidentally" harvested with the whipper snipper...
A leafy smooch!
In we came to add our pumpkins to our fall cubby. Note Mr. C.F.'s whipper snipper delight down on the bottom shelf there. Macy picks up leaves on her walks home from school and adds them to her collection on the Parlour Cabinet. The Graphics Fairy provided me with instant fall squirrel art. The new pumpkins won't be perched there long as it is almost time to turn this cubby into our Witch's Halloween Apothecary Cabinet.
I had to give you a closer view of this fabulous owl shaped jar that I got from my neighbour friend Louise. It was made in Montreal and held olives.
They were distributed in the 1950's and it has this cute coin bank lid.
I made another addition to our white pumpkin collection last night. I picked up some Bernat Alpaca blend yarn and crocheted up this baby with my favourite pumpkin pattern that comes free with the equally adorable hat pattern. I just made the white amigurumi pumpkin one row bigger than I did for the orange pumpkin, used a chunky weight yarn, and got this great size. I loved working with the alpaca blend. So soft and yummy. I see more alpaca pumpkins in our near future. I see more real pumpkins next fall. Now that we've gained some experience we'll be better prepared come spring. Maybe we'll even need a wheelbarrow to harvest... provided Mr. C.F. and his whipper snipper can be kept at bay.
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