White Pumpkins Are The New Norm


White pumpkins have made it big. Orange is out, white is in. Are you on the white pumpkin bandwagon?

White pumpkins, known as Lumina, Cotton Candy, Full Moon, and other varieties, once were rare, a novelty of sorts. Now, they are the first to be picked in the décor game. We all want white pumpkins on our team!

White Pumpkins Are The New Norm

Is this another ugly duckling story?

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Fall At Magnolia Market- Why This Is A Perfect Time To Visit

Anytime is a good time to visit the silos, but fall at Magnolia Market is a pumpkin-perfect time to come to Waco and visit the market.

Fall at Magnolia Market is special to me because two years ago, I met Joanna and interviewed her before the silos opened, before the first Silobration. (read about it here) Fall At Magnolia Market- Why This Is A Perfect Time To Visit Fall At Magnolia Market- Why This Is A Perfect Time To Visit

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Growing Pumpkins And Growing A Passion For Pumpkins

 Last spring, I developed a new passion, a new love, for growing pumpkins. I learned a new appreciation for nature. I took nature in my own hands, and I, with the help from God, raised ten pumpkins.

I planted them, researched them, and nurtured them. When I learned I was lacking a major character in my pumpkin farming story, I had to do something; I had to find the answer and carry out a task I wasn’t too thrilled about, to get the outcome I wanted. I had to do what I had to do. I did something I thought I would never do and this resulted in my first-ever pumpkin child.

Growing Pumpkins And Growing A Passion For Pumpkins

When life (and nature) leaves you without a crucial element, you must take control and make the best of the situation. Faced with stepping-up and doing what I had to do, if I wanted the result I wanted.

In this case, the result was a pumpkin. Growing pumpkins was about to get tricky.

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When I Think Of Fall, I think Of Pumpkins

When I think of fall, I think of pumpkinsPumpkins make me happy with their imperfect, round bodies, full of awkward flaws, sometimes damaged, broken and having shoddy exteriors.  And yet, we decorate with them.  We adorn our front porches with the imperfect orbs of fall.

When I Think Of Fall, I think Of Pumpkins

Not everything in life is perfect and sometimes the imperfect can be beautiful.

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I love pumpkins.

Day Eight on the thirty-wonderful days of writing and I am going to give you pumpkin inspiration.

Harvest day
Harvest day

I love pumpkins.  Always have.  But this year I have grown my own.  My own ten pumpkin babies and I have two more on the way!

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pumpkin baby

When I say “pumpkin babies’ it is because when you have no bees, you improvise, with self-pollination.

self-polination
self-pollination

Before you freak out—this is a thing.  A real thing.  I googled it and researched  it and became a pro.

a few of my pumpkin babies
a few of my pumpkin babies

And now, I have ten pumpkin babies!

pumpkin patch
pumpkin still on the vine

Henry Davis Thoreau once said, “I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

homegrown pumpkin
a pumpkin from deedee’s pumpkin patch

And my prized first-born was Prudence.

Prudence!
Prudence!

Read about Prudence and my inaugural pumpkin patch here.

Prudence and the pups
Prudence and the pups

Growing pumpkins is a piece of cake (pumpkin cake!!) and seems to have a lot to do with luck.  I can give you pointers.  I highly recommend you try it.

And had I had bees…please!!

“Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie,” Jim Davis so wittingly wrote.

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Maw and Cha and one of my homegrown pumpkins
Maw and Cha and one of my homegrown pumpkins

Not Prudence though.  Prudence will not be a pie.

pumpkins and flowers
In Texas, you get pumpkins and flowers because it is still scorching hot.

I hope you enjoyed my pumpkin inspiration.

Do you also have a pumpkin-love?

love and blessings~dd

 

What do you see?

What do you see when you see?  I see insanity but I am up for the challenge!

Welcome to my insanity of writing every day, in October! Today is day two and I am exhausted from trying to link up to the challenge.

But I did it. It may or may not have taken me four hours. Or more.

But here I am.

I will be bringing you thirty-wonderful things that there is to love about life.

What do you see when you see a beautiful sunrise?

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Sunrise, October 1, 2016

A blue sky?

what do you see
Silos at Magnolia Market in Waco

The beach?

what do you see
Surfside Beach, Texas

Your children?

what do you see
Surfside Beach

And your husband?

what do you see
Mark and I enjoying the World Hunger Farm in October

I see God.

I see Him everywhere. I see Him in my pups.

what do you see
Charli and Martha

I see Him in my pumpkins.

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Prudence and the pups

Where do you see God?

I think if you open your eyes, even on dark days, you will see Him.  I see Him every day and I know He is always there for me.

God can do anything, you know — far more than you could ever imagine, or guess, or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around, but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.” -Ephesians 3:14-21

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So, look around and open your eyes.  He is there.  He is everywhere.

Where do you see God?

love and blessings~dd

Follow me along on the thirty-wonderful journey I am on!

Dear Prudence

Did you know The Beatles have a song titled Dear Prudence? It is from 1968 and was written by John Lennon about Prudence Farrow, the sister to Mia. Not one I am too familiar with but it might now be a favorite.

Dear Prudence, won’t you come out and play? Dear Prudence, greet the brand new day. The sun is up, the sky is blue, it’s beautiful and so are you.

Harvest day
Harvest day

Such simple words.

Dear, Prudence, thank you for growing so big and strong. (not part of the song)

Prudence
Prudence

Of course, if you don’t know- I am talking about my first-ever pumpkin child. If you don’t follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might be wondering why I have flipped over a pumpkin? (you might be wondering either way?)

Prudence!
Prudence!

This infatuation has been years in the making. Cameron and I used to throw my fall pumpkins in the pasture to see if the horses would eat or play with them. (they never did) Year after year, the day after Thanksgiving when we were decorating for Christmas, we discarded them in the pasture. We would always have a vine or two emerge. And perhaps a bright, yellow flower. But nothing more.

curly-cues
curly-cues

Then I started putting them in an empty flower bed. Year after year, I would water and baby them. I would get a few vines and a few bright, yellow flowers. But nothing more.

vines in the front yard
vines in the front yard

Last December, we decided to move the cast-off pumpkins to the backyard, to a flowerbed. When the vines started sprouting, I again watered and babied them.

And then boom.

Can you see the rosebush?
Can you see the rosebush?

I had massive vines. Spanning the entire flowerbed, overtaking the rose bush, spilling out into the grass and eventually over the deck and spreading its vine all over the deck.

pumpkin july
spilling over the flowerbed in July

It was crazy. I started to get hopeful. I turned to Google. I learned all I could about pumpkin patches and growing and pollinating. And bees.

vines were everywhere-in every direction
vines were everywhere-in every direction

The first few flowers were male. I had to learn all about male and female flowers. Yes, there is a huge difference just like in all the other creatures God created. Nature is impressive.

pumpkin patch on the porch
pumpkin patch on the porch

Also, there are way more males than females. Males have long green stems. Females have a tiny green pumpkin under them.

female pumpkin flower
female pumpkin flower

I soon learned that the flower, both male and female, close after a few hours. I also soon learned that it seemed we didn’t have any bees.

I had to take nature in my own hands. (Google told me that! Google is the new “they say…”)

I had to put on my virtual overalls and go to farmin. (read that with a thick, country accent)

self-polination
self-polination

Per Google, you must cut a male flower with good pollen (it falls on your finger when touched). Cut all the petals off, deep into the flower so only the stamen is exposed. And the weird, disturbing, look-around-to-see-if-anyone-is-looking part—insert the male stamen into the female flower. Yep.

Bees, please!

Now do you see why I love Prudence so much? I made her. Me and the male and female flower were in this together. And God.

pumpkin

When I saw Prudence was beginning to grow, literally almost immediately, I had so much pride, joy, and love for that little green orb.

pump dee

Deedee’s Pumpkin Patch was now a thing.

Cameron gave me the sign for my birthday!
Cameron gave me the sign for my birthday!

Mark was right there in the involved and excitement part with the patch. He would take the pups out in the morning, search the patch and tell me to ‘get up and get to farming’! It was fun for both of us to search for female flowers and watch them grow after they were pollinated. My girls, Danni and Cameron, would also ask for pictures of Prudence.  It was a family thing. (except Alex-haha)

Charli and Martha helped, also.

when the vines were still growing; stretching out onto the yard
when the vines were still growing; stretching out onto the yard

One day, I cut a male flower off because I was about to get busy (you have to joke about it!) pollinating and you will understand my excitement and surprise when I saw a bee inside the male flower! Bees!

pumpk bee

We now have three large growing pumpkins and several infants growing. I would have thought with the large, vast patch-we would have more than that. (I suppose this isn’t a bumper-crop year?)

We named the other pumpkins after Olympians. Meet Ledecky.
We named the other pumpkins after Olympians. Meet Ledecky.

We harvested Prudence and it appears she may be a Musque de Provence or a Fairytale pumpkin. I love her even more.

Musque de Provence (Fairytale)
Musque de Provence (Fairytale)

I now have pumpkin fever. Not your White-Girl-I-love-everything-pumpkin-flavored fever, it is the love of a pumpkin patch. The love of growing something from the dirt. The love of nature and knowing God had his hand in all this or it would not have happened.

I’ve always had plants and flowers inside and out, but this is so different. So much better.

Look Cha! How do we get off the deck?
Look Cha! How do we get off the deck?

Dear Prudence, thank you for showing me I can grow something beautiful with my own hands.

Prudence and the pups
Prudence and the pups

Love and blessings~dd