Pumpkin Time in the Shenandoah Valley!

fall harvest arrangement 2013We love pumpkins!  This year the pics have begun and quite splendid they are, too. Some images of our pumpkin harvest, intermingled with peppers and popcorn from our garden, by daughter Elise.

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”  ― Henry David Thoreau
Grandbaby Chloe, (age 3), did sit on a collection of our pumpkins and have them all to herself.  She held a small one in her lap and is saying ‘this is a Chloe sized pumpkin,’ or words to that effect. Children and big people love pumpkins and we are enraptured by them in this house. Large portions of the garden are given over to pumpkins, but it’s never enough and they wind and climb everywhere with very little protest from us. Now and then, we relocate a particularly vigorous vine. Mostly, we are just grateful if they thrive. Each year we swear this summer we will grow the biggest pumpkin ever, but nasty vine bores create challenges.  We must content ourselves with what we wrangle from them. And again, we research what is to be done to thwart these garden menaces–organically, of course. We are open to suggestions from other organic gardeners.
Chloe and pumpkins 2013

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”
― Lauren DeStefanoWither

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple…”
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

***Our pumpkin and mum arrangement. Many of these are Cinderella Pumpkins.

Pumpkin fall arrangement

 “For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.  For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.”  
“Oh how we love pumpkin season.  You did know this gourd-ish squash has its own season, right?  Winter, Spring, Summer, Pumpkin…. We anxiously anticipate it every year.”  
~Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer, October 2010
fall pumpkns in wheelbarrow“The days may not be so bright and balmy—yet the quiet and melancholy that linger around them is fraught with glory. Over everything connected with autumn there lingers some golden spell—some unseen influence that penetrates the soul with its mysterious power.”
***Our faithful wheel barrow filled with goodies, including our beloved pumpkins.
Next year, we shall have the biggest and best, most sincere pumpkin patch ever!

4 responses to “Pumpkin Time in the Shenandoah Valley!

  1. I love pumpkins. I like the feeling of Fall when they are ripe. As far as pies go, my favorite is carrot pie. It tastes similar, but suits my taste best of all.

    Beautiful pictures.



  2. Loved this post. I love fall time. Seeing the pumpkins, flowers, changing leaves. Being able to go to a pumpkin patch. Love the ones that have a wagon you can ride to the field. I am a big kid a heart.
    Sue B


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