October 9, 2013

Treasures of the Pumpkin Patch

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On a visit to Styer Orchard to pick apples, (see that post here),
we strolled around and found great bins of pumpkins and gourds for sale. 
I was amazed to see so many different types! 
Later, with the help of their cute Halloween tags, I had fun reading up on each variety. 
These photos represent only some of what was available.



This variety is called "Cinderella" because it looks like the very same pumpkin
that Cinderella's Fairy Godmother magically turned into a carriage!

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Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!
See for yourself:

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Here's the "Long Island Cheese" variety. 
Its pale colored skin and flattened out shape resemble a wheel of cheese.

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Move over orange. There are pink pumpkins...

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...and blue pumpkins.

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Speaking of blue, how about the "Blue Hubbard"?
Not a pumpkin, but actually a squash, it is the most popular for pie-baking.
Named for (Old?) Mrs. Hubbard, who developed this variety
in Massachusetts in 1840.

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Jack-o-lanterns ready and waiting to be carved!

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Ornamental Indian corn, also called "flint corn"
due to the hard shells of the kernels.

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Ornamental gourds are perfect for fall decorating.
See the ones with the flared-out ribs?
They're called "angel wings".

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And of course, there are mums!
No other flower comes to mind as quickly
when autumn comes around as does the chrysanthemum!

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"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."
-L. M. Montgomery,
Anne of Green Gables

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