Tuesday, June 30, 2015

PROCRASTINATION PUMPKIN


I confess I am a procrastinator.  I take my time getting things done. Looks like it has finally paid off. Late November in 2014, when I decorated the front porch for Christmas, I still had pumpkins sitting on the stoop.  I was going to throw them away, but they were in excellent shape, not a bit of  rot. So I kept them. But I did not let them stay on the porch. I moved them because I was afraid my neighbors might make snide remarks, seeing my autumn decorations mixed in with my Christmas display. Yes, it’s silly to worry about what other people think, but I admit I do. Because I have mobility issues I couldn’t carry the pumpkins too far. So, I ended up putting them, a few feet away. It was at the edge of my flowerbed, out of sight, from the street, but visible to me on the patio... so I could still enjoy them, until the snow flew. And it is there… they resided all winter long, gradually disappearing into the deep, dark ground, they rested on. I could never make the time to put them in the garbage heap. Out of sight, out of mind… I never thought about these pumpkins again, until yesterday. Because of all the rain we’ve been getting here, I haven’t had the opportunity to sit out on our patio this summer. But the sun was shining, so yesterday I did. Even though my yard is a mess and my flowerbeds are overgrown with weeds... It was beautiful out there, listening to the birds chirp. While I was practicing the ancient art of Boketto... suddenly my eyes focused on some yellow flowers. They were in the middle of a plethora of vines, I knew I never planted. It gradually dawned on me, what they were. The seeds from the pumpkins that had decomposed last winter, had apparently germinated. Flowers and vines were everywhere. Soon pumpkins would be sprouting. Mother Nature is full of surprises, isn’t she? I never in my wildest dreams thought there would be pumpkins growing in my flowerbed, this year.  I am so excited about the notion of having my own homegrown pumpkins, I can think of nothing else. While my fingers are crossed that this delightful orange fruit will arrive just in time for Halloween... I realize it will probably happen much, much sooner. I pray they survive the bugs and varmints that will attack. This is Mother Nature's garden project not mine, so whatever happens, happens. I will not interfere. I'm hoping for a successful outcome, though. In the end, I wonder how many pumpkins these vines will yield?  From where I sit, even one… from this random occurrence, will be cause for celebration… don’t you think? "No more store bought pumpkins for me," she said to herself, optimistically. 


13 comments:

Mildred said...

Oh how fun! Autumn is my favorite season and I adore pumpkins decorating the porch steps.

Jon said...

What a surprise from Mother Nature. I love pumpkins. When I first moved to Texas I planted some pumpkin seeds. They yielded about 20 pumpkins, but they were small - because of the bad soil and extreme drought.

I had wanted to grow some here in TN but I've been too busy with other (tedious) projects. Hey, maybe next year.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

and i plant them and can't get them to grow...go figure!

jack69 said...

Gotta be a rewarding sight, Ah ha, truck farming in the fall, I see it coming up!!!
Enjoy your surprise garden! It is definitely a treat!

betty said...

What a great surprise to have seen!! A delightful one indeed!! You'll have to show us the fruit of Mother Nature when they ripen in the coming months!

betty

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That is a pleasant surprise. You'll have to keep us posted on how they are doing. Every now and then nature provides something for us here, but usually it's a weed. We've had a lot of rain here too and I have been missing the sunshine. You've made me curious about that ancient art you practice so now I'm off to look it up. Enjoy the sun while you can !

Paula said...

I do think it is a cause for celebration. Love this post.

Red Rose Alley said...

Taryterre, Pumpkins growing in your flower bed - that's amazing! Oh, I would love to see that. What a surprise to see the small little pumpkin buds while sitting out there. I do hope they keep growing and getting bigger, but even if you get ONE, that is still exciting. Please keep us updated; I love Autumn, and I love PUMPKINS. I just had a pumpkin loaf at Starbucks today. There's just something about the taste of pumpkins that get to me.

So glad you saw this little blessing of nature, and I'm glad to hear that you are letting nature takes its course. A special lady you are, indeed.

~Sheri

Angela said...

What a great surprise! You will have to keep us updated on your pumpkin patch. I can grow very little here... well, nothing really unless it's in a pot, so I can certainly understand the joy of seeing those vines.

Roses around the door... said...

How lovely, keep us updated with regular photos :)

Back Porch Writer said...

That is awesome. How exciting! Let us know how it goes!

Mevely317 said...

I'm not normally given to hunches, but I've a pretty good feeling about your pumpkin patch.
What a testament to its will to survive!
.. and perhaps there's a lesson there for the rest of us? (smile)

Barb said...

What a great story. I wish you all the pumpkin luck in the world!