You've nailed the essence of the pumpkin! It has been given such personality in our culture.
A nice read!
One volunteer pumpkin vine gave me the most perfect pumpkin I've ever seen. That was from a previous carved one left to 'melt' in the garden. But in general its not the best way to get what you want. I've had lots of oddball pumpkin/squashy things. I have a hard time weeding out those volunteers.
Yes, a great read! I loved your description of the blazing pumpkin-orange setting sun, and that city pumpkin is just too cool.
We drove out to a local orchard yesterday, and they had a huge display of pumpkins in the shape of a towering triangle, each in its own cubby. Joyanna (now 2) was enchanted and took her time choosing a small pumpkin to bring home. (Larger carving-size pumpkins will be procured next weekend LOL.)
@Sally, thank you so very kindly. This article came to me when I discovered that pumpkin growing on its own outside the gate. I was walking to Denver Botanic Gardens and once I got there, I got my notebook out and wrote the bulk of this article. :) These vines can sometimes be a bear to get rid of once established. Then again it could be fun to let them yield an unintended crop for you. :) Thank you again!
@Jill, thank you so kindly as well! :) I love that photo. We have yet to take our drive to get the pumpkins. Perhaps this weekend. Next year I won't have to buy any at all for I will have created a pumpkin patch of my own. I have missed having a patch so it will be great to have one again. :)
Thank you ladies so much for your comments. I do appreciate hearing from my fellow writers. I do read your articles as well -- I should start commenting shouldn't I?
I introduced a former neighbor to gardening... well, more accurately, I introduced her younger daughter to plants, and she was so enthusiastic that her mother became intrigued! At any rate, they had a volunteer pumpkin pop up in their front landscape bed, and they thought it was great... nurtured it all summer and had pumpkins from it that fall. :-)
When we open a pumpkin for carving and Joyanna discovers the seeds inside, I know she will want to 1) eat them and 2) plant them. She thinks the seeds are the tastiest part of the little peppers we grow. ?? LOL
@Jill -- very sweet. :) Her pallet can handle more than mine. I actually avoid pepper seeds -- too spicy. :) I LOVE the pumpkin seeds sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. :)
Now that I think of this pumpkin outside the gate -- there were trashcans there. I wonder... Could this volunteer I photographed be the result of a thrown away pumpkin from last year. If so.. clever little vines.