Pumpkin plethora

 Taft FarmsI love to visit the many farm stands here in the Berkshires to see the huge variety of pumpkins and gourds for sale in October. Taft Farms in Great Barrington MA always has a huge variety from which to choose.

Pumpkins with orange and black stripesThe more unusual the variety, the better I like it. These striped beauties are so distinctive. Their dark green color is almost black.

 Pumpkin GiantsAt Boardman’s, a local farm in Sheffield, these huge pumpkins bask in the late afternoon sun. They easily weigh 30 pounds or more. Boardman’s is one of the last Sheffield farm stands with an honesty box – just put in your money and make any necessary change.Route 44 PumpkinsThis week when I went pumpkin shopping in earnest I found many stands had only the usual orange jack-o-lanterns left. This nursery on Route 44 in CT caught my eye and I found some of what I wanted there.

 ShireflowersI like to mix up my autumn pumpkins at The Barns. Shireflowers was an early blog begun the Bride, to which I sporadically (very) contributed. Its home page featured a friendly pumpkin.

Pumpkin buddies1More pumpkin adventures were chronicled in (see Archives) when we visited Sheffield’s Howden Farm, birthplace of the patented Howden pumpkin.

Gold and green striped pumpkinThis gold and green striped beauty was the inspiration for this year’s front step. I love the hugely indented ridges with their green patterned striping.

 The Barns front stepPaired with some of its cousins in shades of yellow, it makes a cheery statement on these mostly rain and wind wracked days. I figure if I pick the bittersweet, the birds won’t.

Pumpkins at The Barns detailAlong with the resident frog, the ruffles of a kale plant flank the pumpkins and squashes. What’s on your doorstep?


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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