Last year, we found in our local farmers market, a most unusual grey-blue pumpkin. The young lad who sold it to us very proudly pronounced it to be a Curcubita Pepo, or I have come to learn, a Jarrahdale...which sounded out is Ghiradelli. According to my research, this particular variety hails from Australia. We enjoyed it as a table decoration for quite a while last fall.
And then we put it into the compost pile, which happens to be directly behind our veggie garden. So, while we were not paying a great deal of attention to the garden this year, we would not have been surprised to see more volunteer squash...the last three years have been banner years for butternut squash to grow. Imagine our surprise when we saw a big ole very greenish blue-grey pumpkin growing right in the middle. On closer inspection, we noticed a second growing on the fence, and a third growing in a bush.
Noticing that the squash vine and flowers had made their way up and into the very tall holly trees, it was time for a serious Nancy Drew moment...there are pumpkins growing in the trees, easily 15 to 20 feet up there!! I vacillate between shock, amazment and flat out hilarity. What a wacky thing to be happening in the yard.
Bruce cut 4 of the largest volunteer pumpkins, and we will wait for the others to grow a bit more. This will be the year that we try our first pumpkin pie from scratch. I just love it when mother nature throws us curve-balls in the shape of pumpkins!!
Linking to Little Red House for Mosaic Monday!