Pumpkins vegetate

Pumpkin Buddies

Remember the pumpkin buddies earlier this month?  One left, one stayed home…  However the rains of October played havoc with the large open cuts and the buddy on the left turned into a rather blackened old man.

These beauties came from the same Howden pumpkin patch. Not being cut, they weathered the same storms just fine.  Here they sit in the sun with roadside bittersweet and a pot of ivy.

Colorful fruits and vegetables will brighten up these pumpkins.

What I really wanted to find was purple kohlrabi and tiny red onions as seen in this design from several Octobers ago.  The photo shows the design after a frost!

The crabapples are the most beautiful of the fruits.  It is easiest to put a hole in the pumpkin with a metal skewer or awl so the wood skewer in the vegetable will slide in easily to hold the veggies.  I have also used green pearl headed pins with the leaves.

White pumpkins act like a blank canvas for all sorts of designs.  Happily, they are NOT as dead white as they look in the photograph.  Eggplant, purple ornamental kale heads and crimson leaves make a dramatic topping.

More is more!  Red potatoes, long peppers, kale leaves join the rest of the vegetables for a lush topping.  If you use oil of clove to moisten the wood skewer, it will help form a seal around the  pick, and eliminate fruit flies.

This works really well for centerpieces on large round tables.  The addition of Japanese mitzuki copper wires adds some sparkle and catches the light.


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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One Response to Pumpkins vegetate

  1. Sylvia says:

    These delightful, creative designs can be utilized anywhere-centerpiece, table top, etc. Great ideas for fall decorating!

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