Wednesday Vignette – prodigious pumpkins

I’ve been a bit fractured, and haven’t even started getting ready for Halloween yet. In case you didn’t know, that’s my favorite holiday of them all. I used to pour my all into making my costume, then – after I had kids – I did the same with their costumes, and had a blast doing it. Until last year, when they suddenly grew up and got too cool for dressing up and go Trick-or-Treating. They never ever lost a costume competition, and I do feel a sting of sadness that those days are gone. And now I’m too busy to bother with even as much as a pumpkin. Oh well… but I can still enjoy the seasonal displays around town – or at least the photos of them. These were taken a couple of years ago. So, in keeping with my sentimental reminiscing about Halloweens past, help yourselves to some pumpkin eye candy!

Pumpkins - 1

Pumpkins - 2

Pumpkins 1

Pumpkins 3Pumpkins 4Pumpkins 5

I love all the different shapes, the gnarly textures, the sheen, and the colors! I would have such a hard time choosing, and would no doubt bring home so many of them that no Trick-or-Treater ever would be able to fit his candy-hungry little paws on our front stoop – it would be too crowded with pumpkins!

Another fun pumpkin memory was the one that looked like boobs…


… no matter which way you looked at it.


That’s right up there with a butt-shaped pear I marveled over earlier this fall. Oh well,  even though my juvenile delinquents are growing up and leaving their childish ways behind,  it is quite obvious that their mother isn’t. I have one week to pull something together. How about you? Are you doing anything fun for Halloween?

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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32 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – prodigious pumpkins

  1. Beautiful pictures. Colour perfect

  2. Mark and Gaz says:

    Just love their shapes!

  3. Alan @ it's not work, it's gardening! says:

    Pumpkins are best when piled up, aren’t they? You had some beauties there — love the grey knobby one especially.

    We’ve already seen some murdered pumpkins in our neighborhood, so probably won’t be putting anything out there — unless I can find a can’t-pass-up bargain.

    • annamadeit says:

      Yeah, I can’t even find it in me to open up the box of Halloween goodies this year – no less shopping for pumpkins. Well, maybe this weekend, but I have a feeling it will be mostly devoted to house cleaning and garden editing – both sorely needed. Pre-meditatedly and prematurely murdered pumpkins sound depressing… 😦

  4. Harlon says:

    I agree, pumpkins are one of the most entertaining vegetables that exist – and made from scratch, they make for the yummiest pies. I think if a pumpkin knew it’s time had come, it would be happy to be reincarnated as a pie (I know I would) 🙂 Harlon

    • annamadeit says:

      Sorry Harlon – I just saw this… For some reason, your comment ended up in my spam folder. Apologies for that! As for pumpkins reincarnated as pie – yes please!!! A totally worthy end – or new beginning. 🙂

  5. Luisa says:

    I love fall holidays and fall scenes like this so much. Hot apple cider, brisk air — glad I live so close to Oak Glen and the apple orchards. I need to buy more pumpkins now! No signs of fall in this week’s shot, but there is some rusty orange:

  6. Peter/Outlaw says:

    It’s a wonderful time of the year and I love pumpkins and gourds too! Recently, while visiting a pumpkin patch, I was taking in all of the lovely sights and filled a cart with pumpkins, squash, gourds, and Indian corn to deck the hall but then decided that it was a lot of work to lug all of that in just to lug it all back out once thanksgiving is over and put everything back. Scaled back decorations this fall will utilize glass pumpkins instead. Your shots make me wish that I’d thought differently. Maybe next year… My WV is here:

  7. I want to see photos of some of those contest winning costumes!!!! Pretty please!

    I do love the pumpkins, and have actually brought home more this year than ever before (operation embrace autumn, in full swing). My vignette however is looking back at a sunny day in September.

  8. rindymae says:

    They’re so pretty all clustered together like that.
    Halloween is my LEAST favorite holiday. 😉

  9. Emily says:

    I love Halloween because I get to let the craft-monkey out of its cage. I hope you get your Halloween mojo back.

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  11. hb says:

    butt shaped pear–oh the mental image that comes to mind! The pumpkins are lovely.

    Here’s my Halloween fun:

  12. Kris P says:

    Your boob pumpkins are something else (and the photo is especially nice with the cat in the window behind it)! Other than purchase 2 pumpkins, I’ve done nothing to prepare for Halloween despite the fact that I do like the holiday a lot – my skeleton’s literally still in the closet!

  13. Jenni says:

    Oh goodness, those pumpkin pics made me giggle! My little girl is a bossy thing about decorating. Despite the chaos of the past month, by gawd, we had those Halloween decorations up by Oct 3rd! Like you, I will miss the days when my kids cared about such matters. Here’s my contribution for the week:

  14. I miss the days of taking the kid out Trick-or-Treating. They grow up too fast! Those are some lovely pumpkin shots. I have a little pumpkin sitting on my front porch as a test to see if the Neighborhood Miscreants are out and about.

    • annamadeit says:

      Thanks Laura! Let’s hope they leave it alone – having things disappear from your stoop is so discomforting – such a feeling of violation, even if it’s just a pumpkin. 😦

  15. Alison says:

    Great shots of the pumpkins! I love the lumpy, bumpy ones best. I used to make great costumes for my son too. That didn’t end when he became a teenager. I made him a silver lame tuxedo for his prom. I’m finally getting around to posting a link to my Wednesday Vignette for today:

  16. annamadeit says:

    A silver lame tuxedo?!! Wow – that is impressive! It would be hard enough to sew a tux with a regular fabric… I can’t even imagine doing it in lame – wow! Do you have photos?

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