Thursday, September 29, 2011

what the gourd?!

I know, not gourds....but cool bittersweet berries nonetheless

 Yes, I can imagine. There may be some old law on the books against gourd inbreeding. Probably something dating back to the 1600's and punishable by death. Something to do with tampering with the natural, purity of the gourd.  And no, ignorance of the law is no excuse ( right?...well,that never works in speeding tickets anyway, nor does batting eyelashes...I've tried) 
Just the same, it isn't my intention to have some illegal mingling and breeding ground for gourds. It just happens.
Maybe something to do with pig manure and old farm dirt...but some gourds pop up!
It is always a wonder every year what will spawn. I don't even know what these are called..hybrids..?
Oh, I've tried to grow Hubbards, name it...all failed experiments.
Maybe there is some gourd aficionado out there with the Latin names, genus and species...
In the meantime we have named them "pig pumpkins"...

oh, and I love the quote Country Living Magazine used this October  issue:
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion"
~Henry David Thoreau


vivian said...

great post.. I love gourds.. I wonder if they have any real purpose other then to make us smile! (well, those of us who love them anyways!)
LOVE that quote too.
have a great weekend

JDConwell said...

Awesome photos. :~)

Sweet Life Farm said...

Same here! Only here it’s horse manure…nature works her {gourd} magic each and every year. Even with zero watering and a long, hot summer. This quote resonated with me too. My dad just returned from your neck of the woods and said it is beautiful. Enjoy the riches of autumn…so lovely out now…ordering sweaters and a new wood stove here!!! :) xoxo