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.
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.