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Friday, August 16, 2013

This morning, I pulled the very first pumpkin from my patch

I really had not wanted to do this so early in the season, but I did so, hoping that all of the small pumpkins will now get large. I have heard that one pumpkin can get all of the nutrients away from the other pumpkins and usually folks pull off all of the little ones to let the one big one keep growing. I, however, want more than one big one. Hopefully, by October, there will be more.
 

With all of the rain that we have been constantly getting, the vines are stretching out of the yard and into the woods.

I also have a small patch of decorative gourds and I now wish I had planted more of these.

There are so many colorful............

long............

round and odd looking ones. I can't wait to decorate my fall table with them!

So I have black cat (Salem) and a pumpkin on my porch..........
a little earlier than for Halloween.
How about you?
Any pumpkins in your patch this year?
I would love to hear!

21 comments:

Magnolia Tea said...

Hi Kathleen! I hope your pumpkins get a boost from the vine after you picked the big one. It's gorgeous. Love those gourds, too. We didn't plant any pumpkins this year, only a few things in raised beds. I'm so glad you've been getting regular rain. Thank the Lord! Have a great weekend.

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

HA! that is too cute!! You have your porch all ready.

Love looking at your garden, its the next best thing to having one.

Sherri Farley said...

Your pumpkin and gourds look wonderful. They will be loads fun to decorate with. Love your kitty's name. The lone purple flower in your pumpkin patch looks so proud!

Laurie said...

I love decorating with gourds too, but didn't plant any. Your pumpkins should take off now! It feels like Halloween could be next week with the weather we've been having here, I could start decorating for fall and have our weather fit right in!

janice15 said...

How wonderful, mine keep dying they start and before I know it they srevle up and die.. but the vine is growing well and has bunch of blooms I just don't know it must be the weather.. course a lot of my things got some silly bug and died. but your pumpkin is so sweet.. love it .. Happy weekend with love Janice

lil red hen said...

Nope, not one pumpkin, but I wish.
I had meant to plant some gourd seeds but it stayed cool so long last spring, then turned dry, so they probably wouldn't have done well. Oh well, there's always next year? Glad to hear you're having good rain.

Mary @ Colony Mountain Folk Art Dolls said...

Fall is creeping up on us... black cats and orange pumpkins are sure signs. Your decorative gourds are looking good...such fun to decorate with!

April said...

Salem and your pumpkin look so Fallish!! Your gourds are beautiful. I wish now I had planted some gourds. Our cantaloupes and watermelons have rotted because of all the rain we had..

Patty said...

Kathleen, thank you for thinking of me. I'm still here! Having trouble logging into my blog and just havent' taken time to fix it. I do come by occasionally and read your blog. I enjoy seeing your pictures and your embroidery is beautiful!
We are getting a taste of fall here in the western NC mountains. I love this time of year. Thanks again.

Betty Lou said...

Seeing your pumpkin assures me that fall is on it's way. Just hoping that summer doesn't decide to make an appearance in October. Are you enjoying this cooler Texas weather?

Daisy said...

That is a good-looking pumpkin, and your gourds are all very pretty too! I'm so glad you are getting the rain that you need this year.

Connie said...

I love pumpkins and gourds too. I wonder if they would grow in our yard since we have mostly shade... I don't know anything about growing them but will do some reading.

peggy said...

my pumpkins are jack be littles and little white ones, I do so envy you the room to grow those beauties. If I owned a field it would be full of gourds and pumpkins!! (and some zinnias).

Muddling Through said...

Your pumpkin and gourd vines look wonderful. I wish I had room to grow some. I did grow some birdhouse gourds one year and they almost took the whole yard. :)

Michaele said...

Great early Halloween photo there. I wish I would have added at least one pumpkin plant this year.

Wonky Girl said...

Yes, what a bunch of vines- LOL. I do hope you get lots of pumpkins ;-)
Gosh, now I want to grow some decorative gourds next year too. Yours are looking fun and hey, they are expensive in the grocery stores here.

Three Sheep Studio said...

Okay, I am having pumpkin vine envy !! Mine die absolutely nothing this year. :(
Lucky you. Love the pumpkin and black cat. ;)
Rose

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Beatrice P. Boyd said...

No pumpkins in our garden patch this year, Kathleen, but not sure they would have done well if planted. The cukes produced flowers and a couple veggies, but then died off. Hope the rest of your crop comes in cause pies and soup are great in the fall. My black cat was named Sambuca.

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Kahthleen! I love your pumpkin. I'm just starting to plant my fall garden, hopefully I'm not too late.

Love the gourds.

Irma :)

Kelly_Deal said...

Love that picture of Salem, cute name BTW! I tried pumpkins a few years ago and it was pretty successful, except for the long vines growing everywhere. The hubby and I just wanted to experiment and see if we could grow pumpkins.