Sunday, September 30, 2012

Baby Boo Bonanza & The Fall Cubby




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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19 comments :

  1. I put a pumpkin plant in a flower bed once. Didn't know it would creep across the backyard and hang on to the grass. Your cubby is so cute. I love the vintage owl jar and the squirrels from the Graphics Fairy. I never think about printing just a picture to frame from Karen. Just transfers and labels!

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  2. You're a farmer! A real pumpkin farmer! Congratulations. They are adorable. I can't wait to see the wheelbarrows full next year. I feel for Max and his embarrassing leaf problem too, but it is pretty cute. I look forward to the witch's halloween apothecary cabinet. So much going on at your place! Oh, and your new (I just noticed it anyway) cartoon about the crows feet cracked me up.
    Liz

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  3. I love your whipper snipper reference; how Canadian (or Australian)!

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    1. I thought everyone called them 'whipper snippers'... hee hee!

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  4. Love this ....I should ask my sis to grow some Pumpkins...I do not think Central Texas is the zone...heat...but Wyo ...yeap..love love the cubby

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  5. So the rogue pumpkin seed was a good thing. We didn't even get the ones we purposely planted to grow!

    ~Bliss~

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  6. I'll have to try some Baby Boos -- I have a perfect spot along the back fence (since I now know they don't like containers!) I love white pumpkins and have a number of the ceramic variety! Love your crocheted one too-- hmmm I think I'll to crochet some to go with my other white pumpkins!

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  7. Your pumpkin display looks great. I love the white one that you crocheted. It looks wonderful!

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  8. I'd never even heard of Baby Boos but now I really want some too! As always your display looks FANTASTIC! You have some serious talent missy.

    I love how Max has issues with unintentionally picking up stray yard debris. Too cute.

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  9. I just LOVE your photography!
    You just made me green with envy in so many ways... cute pooch, owl jar, wonderful display box, adorable kid, perfect amigurumi... excuse me while I hide in a corner and hate myself a little bit ;)
    Naw, just kidding- you just gave me a million bits of inspiration, which is exactly why I love your blog so much.
    Give Remy my regards.
    And I want a leafy smooch. Badly.

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  10. I love your white baby boo pumpkins. They look so cute lined up in a row on the darling cabinet. Everything looks so festive at your home. Love the photos!

    Jody

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  11. Oh, just the pick-me-up I needed tonight! I guess I really have been out of it if I completely missed your latest post. Your crocheted pumpkin is so soft and cuddly and the whole cubby is simply adorable!

    Macy and Max are equally dazzling in the outdoor shots and your bountiful harvest adds just the right natural element. :@

    So much to admire, I've got to go back and look at the cubby again!

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  12. I was so happy to read that one seed unintentionally planted ended up giving you your lovely little pumpkins. Love the crocheted one and the display too.

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing your baby boo pumpkins on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I love the crocheted one too! So creative!

      Jody

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  13. Great to be able to get a few little white pumpkins this year. Maybe you'll have more next year. They make a nice addition to your display.
    Mary Alice

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  14. Your fall cubby is fantastic and I love the owl jar!
    You are so creative displaying things!
    Besos, Silvina

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  15. Oh how cute!! Next year maybe we can be rolling in boos together!! Xo

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  16. Maybe you can export some of those cuties down to California next year. Those are so cute. I will have to give them a try next spring. (Frankly, my garden was pathetic this year, so invading baby boos would be a much needed improvement.)

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  17. Congrats Tracy! You've been featured for this creative post on Simple & Sweet Fridays.
    Have a wonderful week!

    Jody

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