Monday, July 12, 2010

Those Crazy Pumpkins!


Hi everyone! I’m having technical problems so even though I said I would have some bedroom photos today, I don’t! In the mean time, I thought I’d show you how my pumpkin patch is doing because it growing crazeee wild!

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They seem to be loving this dry hot weather!

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I planted all kinds of pumpkins this year.

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Some I plan to use for decoration this fall.

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I planted some small pie pumpkins and some large ones.

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They’re growing up the arbor and over everything! I have to keep one end of the gate open because this vine started latching on to it and I couldn't open it up to get in!

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The bees are loving the blossoms! There are at least two or three bees in each blossom early in the morning. They seem almost drunk on the pollen! They're just lolling around on the bottom~smile.

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We love to eat anything pumpkin so I thought it would be fun to try using fresh pumpkin this fall instead of canned. I've never done that so we'll see how it goes!

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We really haven't had any real rain in weeks and so far the pumpkins and eggplants are doing the best. Everything else...not so much!

I'll be back Wednesday with hopefully some bedroom photos! Thanks for stopping by today!

62 comments:

Denise said...

Snap! I have crazy pumpkins too :-) I just posted about them last week, mine are just big ole jack -o-lanterns that I hope to be able to carve this year (if they last that long) we planted pie pumpkins last year but things got so overgrown we couldn't tell which ones were pie and which ones were for carving, so we didn't eat any of them!

Jennifer said...

You are so lucky!!!! I keep telling my dh he needs to plant these because I spend so much on them!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

One year we didn't really have time for a vegetable garden so we planted pumpkins and peanuts! We even had those small ornamental pumpkins and they were so much fun! Love your garden pics! ♥

Kathleen Grace said...

I think pumpkin plants are so pretty. I have some planted too. Yours are way ahead of mine, of course, but I hope mine take off like your have. I don't have any baby pumpkins yet but I do have some blossoms:>)

Gloria said...

Hi Manuela. Great pumpkins. Those beautiful blossoms are edible as well if you catch them when they are first there. You can stuff the with cheese. Awesome. Have a great week.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Mr. Comforts and I were just talking about planting pumpkins next year. How far do they travel? I am trying to figure out if I have enough space! Yours look VERY healthy!

We have had rain all day today! Yeah!!! Maybe my brown grass will green up. And it is nice not to have to water the potager.

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Julie Harward said...

Thats quite the pumpkin patch..I like how you have them planted..what a fun fall you will have! :D

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Melissa Miller said...

Wow! The pumkins are huge Manuela.
It all looks like a healthy and thriving garden to me.

Sorry about the technical stuff going on. Ugh. ~Melissa

Denise Marie said...

love it!! We are wondering if that is what is growing in our garden. lol

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Your pumpkins look so healthy and gorgeous! I tried planting some a few years ago, but didn't do too well. Can't wait to see yours when they're ripened in the fall! ♥

Jeanette said...

I am so jealous! I planted pumpkins and they were doing great, then poof they all just died. Yours look wonderful

Darlene said...

WOW look at all of your pumpkins!! They are doing GREAT!!♥

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I planted one baby watermelon plant that is also going crazy. I guess it is all the heat we're having.

I was concerned about too much rain. My garden didn't like that. Once we stopped having heavy rain each day, everything looks much better.

I want to plant pumpkins next year.

sewingseeds4U said...

I missed my pumpkin window again this year...but next year for sure. I think my husband has resolved himself to the fact that each year the grass will be shrinking. The upside is less mowing. We have three new fruit trees going in behind the garage area...an orange, a peach and a plum, so hopefully next year I'll have some canning to do. Thanks for the inspiration. Patty

Sheryl said...

My husband would be so jealous if he saw your pictures! He's been trying to grow pumpkins but unsuccessful. We didn't even try this year.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Manuela! What fun! I love the idea of growing your own! We usually go up to Burt's Farm and pay three prices for them! lol Your scarecrow faily looks cute! It has been so dry. I had a nice but short rain today at last. I can't keep my vinca alive...grrr! Hope you are having a great week!...hugs...Debbie

Carol said...

Thanks for sharing your pretty little pumpkin pics! We planted watermelons this year, hope we will have some to eat.

Smiles,
Carol

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Look at them! And not a wilted leaf in sight! : ) We've got the same weather, Manuela, and I feel like I'm wilting. I can't believe your pumpkins are doing so well. Good for you; it looks like you'll have a nice variety by fall!

Love the Decor! said...

You garden is lovely! I didn't do one this year and regretting it already.. have a wonderful week Manuela

Julie said...

I planted some pumpkins and I think only three are still out there but they just haven't gotten enough water so they are only about 2 inches big! Yours are just so pretty!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your pumpkin plants look healthy. We got about 3 ins. of rain during the wee hours this morning - the storm interrupted my sleep. :) We did need the rain, but could have done without the fireworks and strong winds.

mizdarlin said...

Manuela, your garden, as usual, totally rocks!
And look at all those sweet blossoms and wee pumpkins..it 's a favourite of mine too, and I guarantee that once you've had homemade, you'll never go back..and so easy, too!

Donna said...

Wow, your pumpkins look great, Manuela! They're so big already. I have all vines and no pumpkins. I wonder whats wrong.

Hugs,
Donna

Julie said...

woohoo! what kind of fertilizer or food are you using girl? That's amazing. Your gardens are awesome. I know you love to go out there and just see the growth almost daily. Have FUN!!! Hugs.

Terri said...

Those look wonderful! I can't wait to see how you use them in the fall.

Melanie@The Old White Cottage said...

I have an incrediby small garden since most of my yard is shady. This year we found some pumpkins sprouting in the yard from seeds from last year's Halloween pumpkins so we decided to keep a few. They are WILD! I hope we get to see pumpkins though. ;-)

Gumbo Lily said...

I like how you've let your pumpkins climb over and through your fence. When our kids were little, we always had a pumpkin patch just for jack-o-lanterns.

Jody

Cherrie said...

Those are the most beautiful pumpkin blossoms ever! My mother dipped them in egg batter and fried them....so delicious (that was 50 years ago)

Brenda said...

Your pumpkins put ours to shame. But my gourds are growing quite wild. It is a little early yet here in Michigan so we may still get more than the 2 or 3 we see started so far.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your garden is beautiful, I love the straw all around I've never done that! Best of luck with the pumpkins-enjoy!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Now why didn't I think to plant pumpkins? I love pumpkin anything. I love to decorate with them. You're always way ahead of me, Manuela. I rush over here to see what's going on, and you never let me down on your activity level!
Brenda

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

How great to grown your own pumpkins.

nannykim said...

I love pumpkin muffins and buckwheat pumpkin biscuits (gluten free). I haven't used fresh for years--kind of time consuming.

Nancy said...

How much fun, Now and when fall is here! Can't wait to see that bedroom! Nancy

Debbie said...

Little tidbit: I'm a pumpkin fanatic. I'll bet you have never met one before, have you? I eat pumpkin like Bubba (Gump) eats shrimp, just about any way that I can fix it.

I also love fall decorating the best and know that you are going to make great use of your hard work.

Jennifer said...

Your pumpkins look great! You will enjoy having them this fall without a doubt. The dry weather is rough. On one hand you hate to run up the water bill and on the other you hate to lose all you planted! ARGH!

Hope you guys are keeping cool!

Jen

Vee said...

They're already so big and beautiful! Glad that something is loving the hot weather with no rain down there.

Melissa Searle said...

Hi Manuela, :)
Ive been reading your blog for a little while now, so finally wanted to introduce myself! :) I love your blog! My name is Melissa, and i live in Australia. I am 25, and a stay at home mum. :) Your home is beautiful! Love all of your photos, and look forward to seeing new posts from you! Hope to get to know you better. :)
Hope to hear from you!
Melissa

Carolyn said...

Hello Manuele, i arrived on your lovely blog today through 'Love at home'blog.... and was caught by your beautiful pumpkins and garden... they are wonderful and amazing how they grow... I am also a passionate gardener here in Holland, the Netherlands ... Happy gardening to you!
Kind regards, Carolyn

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Good idea about growing your own punpkins - there seems to be a shortage of the canned stuff! Your punpkin patch is adorable!

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

Good idea about growing your own punpkins - there seems to be a shortage of the canned stuff! Your punpkin patch is adorable!

Indian Thoughts said...

Awesome

Marianne@Songbird said...

Oh wow, I'd love to have the space for a pumpkin patch. They look beautiful and yummy at the same time.

Susie Homemaker said...

Seems like a good year for pumpkins! My dear friend has them in her garden too and they are growing like weeds! Pumpkin soup with roasted pecans on top is my favorite...now you have me dreaming about that!

Look forward to seeing how you decorate with your pumpkins too...

Susie

yaya's little house said...

I planted some last year but oh my they sure didnt look like yours, it will be fun to decorate with them for the fall and especially to eat them. Yummmy!!!

Jeana said...

I just found your blog today and have loved reading all your older post. Your pumpkins look great This is my second year to grow pumpkins for cooking you will love it.

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

What crazy pumpkins! Ha ha! :-) I never do manage to plant squash for this very reason--I can never figure out where to put them all that they won't take up gobs and gobs of room!!!
Meanwhile, I can't wait to see bedroom pix!
Best,
~Angela :-)

Gypsy Heart said...

I'm sorry you're having technical problems ~ not fun. The pumpkins are so wonderful ~ love them! I know it's going to be an exciting fall for you.

Have a blessed week ~
Pat

Angie said...

You have really got an awesome garden!

My Cozy Cubby said...

I wish our tomato plants were growing as crazy as your pumpkins! It's my first time planting a garden. I guess I should just be glad they're actually growing! As for fresh pumpkin, I make a pumpking and carrot soup in the fall, and I've used both canned and fresh and it turns out great both ways. I've also put fresh pumpkin in the freezer, and it works great for the soup also!

Pamela

Cindy said...

Lovely pumpkin grove, you will have some delicious pies and some great decor come fall and winter!
Hugs, Cindy S

Heather said...

We planted pumpkins but the plants rotted with all the rain and lack of sun - likewise the zuccini - only two plant remain and they are not so very healthy at this point. *sigh* Such is the life of a gardener - but we are all optimists because ... there is always next year! I'm preparing beds for a fall garden and hoping we get a nice little crop of lettuce and peas again this fall!

I was thinking about you as I recklessly butchered a poor innocent but very overgrown shrub and pulled more weeds in the front flower beds this afternoon. I am beginning to think that I don't have the energy to invest in a garden these days and will have to pull everything out and go with low or no maintainance plants in the next year or two (unless the Lord heals of course) - but I comforted myself that I could always garden vicariously through favorite blogs and yours came to mind first!

diXymiss said...

Pretty, prolific pumpkin patch! I planted some of the usual jack-o-lantern variety, but now I'm wishing I'd tried some some minis and ornamentals (why didn't I think of that)?

Carolyn said...

Hello Manuela,

I am very touched that you left a message on my Dutch blog!!!! That is wonderful thanks so much... happy Gardening!
Great to meet you too! Carolyn

june@craftyniche said...

Aw, those are great looking pumpkins! My Hubby had a hard time growing ours. :( We are in the south too and the heat and humidity killed them!!

june@craftyniche said...

Aw, those are great looking pumpkins! My Hubby had a hard time growing ours. :( We are in the south too and the heat and humidity killed them!!

Richella said...

I love pumpkins. . . but I've never grown any! Seeing yours is a lot of fun. Your garden is such a beautiful place!

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

Pick those blossoms. Stuff with cheese. Dip in egg and bread crumbs and fry in oil. Delicious. I have made about 400 this summer.

Tanya said...

Oh I just love your Pumpkin patch. Squash bugs ate every bit of mine. I tried everything to kill them but it didn't work. We've had a pretty wet spring and summer so I guess they're just thriving! Fresh pumpkin will be so delicious for soup and pie. We also love the seeds roasted. Can't get enough. Yum!

Tracey McBride ~ Frugal Luxuries™ said...

I just love your gardens Manuela...they are so useful and...at the same time...charming and lovely!
Love,
Tracey
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