A day in the pumpkin patch


Good Grief, its 1:30 PM and other then make breakfast, I have done nothing today.  I am becoming good at doing nothing.  At this rate, I am in danger of becoming good for nothing.  Not really of course, because I am retired, and when you are retired it is okay to be non-productive.  I must keep reminding myself of this over and over.  I often have the feeling I should be doing something…anything…and usually I am.

For one thing, I have been finalizing arrangements with my family regarding my trip to CA next week.

Yesterday, DIL Wendy posted family photos from trip to the pumpkin patch.  The patch looked a bit sparse to me, perhaps from over picking or drought.  Sadly, its awfully dry out there in CA.  Inspired, I asked David to buy a pumpkin at the farmer’s mart.  We usually carve our Jack-o-Lantern and place it on the porch.  I love to look at the glowing orange light from the candle.

I suppose the farmer’s mart has pumpkins for sale.  We certainly have had more than enough rain, so the crops are fairly good.  But too much rain is as bad as too little when it comes to melons.  Pumpkins are NOT in the melon family, however, like melons they lay on the ground while they are growing and are susceptible to rot.

I have a book about squash somewhere around here, and without looking it up, I think pumpkins are a type of squash.  here’s what Wiki says:

Cucurbita (Latin for gourd) is a genus in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae native to and originally cultivated in the Andes and Mesoamerica. The Cucurbita genus is an important source of human food and is used for other purposes such as beverages, medicine, oil, and detergent. Some Cucurbita species were brought to Europe after the discovery of America and are now used in many parts of the world. The plants, referred to as squash, pumpkin or gourd depending on species, variety and local parlance, are grown for their edible fruits and seeds. Real (bottle-)gourds, used as utensils or vessels, belong to the genus Lagenaria and are native to Africa. Lagenaria are in the same family and subfamily as Cucurbita, but in different tribes.

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Wednesday’s Child


The header photo above is the Fothergilla ‘Mount Airy’ developed in Ohio.   I took the photo last year when the autumn leaves were beautiful.  This year, the rain has ruined much and as we have not had an early … Continue reading