2013-07-09

Halloween in the making (for pumpkin lovers only)



This week I started my 3 week vacation (for the first time in 4 years..! (Bliss)
and at the same time summer decided to come to Sweden (Extra Bliss).
Suddenly the green house is a green mess and the pumpkins have finally taken off.

Using a sentiment from Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist:
This entry is not for those who just see "a bunch of squashes".





 The little guy below didn't realize he needed to get bigger before turning color,
he's only about 10 cm wide (he's supposed to be 3 times that size).
But hopefully it doesn't mean that he is rotting, just that we're getting one
in a more table setting friendly size.




This last one is the first one I really have Jack-o'-lantern hopes for.
She's not much to look at size wise yet, but that deep green is a good sign
and holds a promise of many many weeks until she's ready :)




By the way, no - I'm not just waiting for summer to be over (I promise!).
I am enjoying the zucchinis, peas, lettuce and spinach (but still no tomatoes yet).
We make great big salads, we throw some steaks on the bbq,
we drink wine and soak up the sun.
I just never have the presence of mind to bring out the camera at those moments :)






 



28 kommentarer:

  1. SQUEEEEE! Baby PUMPKINS! Wahoo! sigh ... does my heart good to see the beginnings of the most wonderful and gorgeous season of all: Harvest/Fall?Halloween.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I'm glad you get some solace from looking at baby pumpkins - I feel exactly the same, dreaming of when they will be fully ripe, big and orange.

      Radera
  2. Well I hope you enjoy your vacation...and how wonderful your pumpkin patch is! Living in the heat and humidity of Florida, makes growing pumpkins next to impossible for me. So I must live vicariously through others like you! I am sending lots of growing vibes towards your gourds...can't wait to see your end results! :o)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I have understood that pumpkin growing is difficult in the south :( The humongous pumpkins one sees on-line are all from Maine and such. On the other hand - you have big lovely ripe fruit all year around :)

      Radera
  3. What beauties! I can't wait to see what you make of them.
    Your fall season will be a bountiful one, I can just see it =)

    It's so lovely to hear you're taking it easy, and loving it. Vacations are so necessary!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, and yes - I needed this vacation so bad!

      Radera
  4. Four years without a vacation? NOOOOOOOOOO DON'T BE LIKE ME TAKE MORE VACATIONS

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I have had time off during the last 4 years, just not more than 1 week at a time. I have long weekends now and again. But it's hard leaving the store for that long.

      Radera
  5. Enjoy your time off, and your greens (and wee yellows). Maybe you'll get to do a little dyeing (or a lot ;-)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I am very much looking forward to dyeing some of my clothes - a perfect past-time during my vacation!

      Radera
  6. Åh härligt! Jag gjorde det stora misstaget att försöka odla vita pumpor förra året :/ det blev en massa lianer och en knytnävsstor grön...nä kan inte kalla det pumpa. I år känns det som att det går bättre, min squash som jag har på friland växer :). Jag tycker de är så goda att äta i sallad, råa som de är.
    Visst är Vanessas trädgård underbar, mitt i öknen, en oas med massor med blommor o grönsaker.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Vissa pumpor är kinkigare än andra. De andra medlemmarna i familjen växer snabbare och ger mer frukt - även vackra kalebasser.
      Vi tillagar gärna zucchini på medelhavskt vis: Friterade i en blandning av mjöl, örter och salt. Mums!

      Radera
  7. I always used to like pumpkins, and all the plants from this family. Like zucchini! My Mum loves to plant them, and she makes wonderful dishes with them!
    That already yellow pumpkin must be so eager to celebrate Halloween, that started getting the color in advance.
    have a nice day!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I love the thoughts of the little pumpkin guy eager to celebrate Halloween :) If he survives he will get a prime spot in my table arrangement.

      Radera
  8. Your Pumpkins look perfect!

    My last attempt at Pumpkin growing didn't go too well.
    You've encouraged me to give it another go next year.

    I can't wait to see these lovelies when they're ripe.

    I'm not wishing the summer away, but am REALLY looking forward to Halloween!

    Have a good day x

    SvaraRadera
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    1. That's exactly how I feel! And you should totally give pumpkins another chance. Last year we made the mistake of growing them on an eastern facing slope amongst tons of weeds, and only turned out 3 pumpkins. They do need their space, and lots of water and sun. But other than that they are such a joy to grow!

      Radera
  9. I'm so jealous! In Australia we have different Pumpkins, we'd have to import pumpkins, because we can't make lanterns out of them. :/

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Yes, your country is a little to warm I think :( Flying pumpkins around the world sounds insane, but that's what we do up here with fruit 6 months out of the year...

      Radera
  10. Oj oj vilka pumpor :D awesome!

    Och zucchinis, vad underbart att ha egna såna! <3

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Ja, det är jättemysigt att laga mat från egen trädgård. Men zucchinisarna mognar alla på en gång, så nu har vi 7 st vi inte vet vad vi ska göra med...

      Radera
  11. I hope ALL your pumpkins turn orange! :D

    And I hope you enjoy your vacation immensely. You deserve it. :o)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you Ms Insomniac - though some of them are a delicious gray edible kind, so they are allowed to not turn orange :)

      Radera
  12. 3 weeks is a lovely amount of time to have off, enjoy your summer. :-)

    I'd love to grow pumpkins but haven't got the ground space. I might have to see if you can get varieties that can be grown in pots.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. One year I tied up my pumpkin vines and it worked very well, as long as I gave them lots of water and nutrition. So I think growing in pots might work :)

      Radera
  13. I'm so not a gardener, I wouldn't even have recognized the pumpkins if you hadn't explained them. *blush* I did figure out the zuchini though - yay for me! I hope that dark green baby-pumpkin turns out to be a beauty. Have a great time on your vacation! :-)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Haha hmm - I guess they're not as recognizable when they are still small and green :)

      Radera
  14. oohhhhh pumpkin love!!!! i planted 13 (my lucky number) mounds of pumpkins and they are all growing really well. i have tons of blooms but haven't seen any set fruit yet. my fingers and toes are crossed that i end up with a patch full of pumpkins. Vanessa is such an inspiration, isn't she? I just love her!
    blessings
    ~*~

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I hope you get several nice ones! It takes about 3 months from blossom to full grown fruit, so I think you're fine :)

      Radera

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