Tuesday, September 27, 2011

White Baby Boo Pumpkins

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines the round the thatch-eaves run;
To bend with apples the mossed cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For Summer has o’er-brimmed their clammy cells.

from To Autumn by John Keats

I had trouble finding these cuties last year.   One needs to be fast, visiting local farm stands in September before they’re sold out.  

Pumpkins and gourds are easy to grow, so I bought seed in hope of saving money, and I did.  For $7 I purchased seed from Harris Seeds (about $3 for 25 seeds plus shipping & handling) and sowed them in an indoor seed starting tray in late May, then my husband kindly transferred them outdoors in early July (way after danger of cold--the vines die easily).   

By mid-September I have so many!   Harvest early so they don’t turn yellow. This big wire basket displays an amount that would cost about $10 - $20 at a farmstand or lifestyle shop.   There are many more coming – if you happen to be in Upstate New York contact me and I’ll give you some!  

PS: Maria Carr is hosting a Cabbages & Roses giveaway at Dreamy Whites!

Until next time, stay shabby!

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Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I'm impressed. I love those little white pumpkins. I got mine at the local grocery. Wish I lived closer, I'd definitely stop by.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

The photographs are lovely and kudos to you for growing your own pumpkins! I want to try that next year. Your blog is beautiful-thanks for all you share!

Faded Charm said...

I love these little guys. I've grown them in the past, but have not had much luck in recent years:-(

Thanks for joining in!


NanaDiana said...

Oh -They are so cute. Every year I swear I am going to grow my own and all of a sudden it is mid summer and I have not planted the first seed. Good for you- because they are expensive to buy!

Love Keats, by the way- xo Diana

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Well, how fun is that! Makes me want to take a trip! Haha! I actually have to trek all over to find those little babies around here. So clever of you. They're darling!

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

They are precious! Glad you were able to find them.
Blessings & hugs,

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Sandy,

You did well in growing such perfect Baby Boo Pumpkins! Smart idea and planning way ahead of time.
Enjoy your special fall this year and love to you,


Jennelise said...

Those pumpkins are so pretty! With the little votive holder they look very magical.

Bring Pretty Back said...

I gave up trying to grow things! I just simply can not get single thing to grow. grr! Those are so cute ! I wish I was in Upstate NY!
Have a pretty day!

Jen of Country Weekend said...

So pretty. Did you find them at the Pakatakan Market by any chance?

La casa de Elisa said...

me encantan esas calabazas tan blancas
besos ¡¡

Anna at the Doll House said...

Thank you for the Keats: your gourds have certainly swelled-up beautifully. They are so pretty.


Rozmeen said...

Beautiful pictures of the white pumpkins..nature is soo beautiful1

xoxox Rozmeen

Debbie said...

Gorgeous Pics! So happy i came across your site! My passion is gardening and decorating 'shabby chic' Love,Love,Love these little pumpkins are my favorite when it comes to fall decorating!

Ms. Robinson said...

great idea...i'm going to do just that....wish me luck...thanks...

Gwendolyn said...

Oh so beautiful! I love white pumpkins , how impressive that you grew them yourself!

Curtains In My Tree said...

Those white pumpkins are rare around here, last year I looked and looked for white ones

I am getting out my white paint and painting my orage punpkin white

Katherines Corner said...

so pretty. You make a little pumpkin look lovely. I looked for these at our market recently no go. they were gone already. Thank you for sharing yours. Big Hugs!!

Cindy said...

Oh, they are precious! Good for you growing your own!


Sandi said...

I was just thinking this year that I really need to grow my own too. Maybe I can do that next year!! They are so cute!!

Licho_Nie_Spi said...

Marvellous Misses Pumpkins :)
I wish I could live closer to catch one :)

The Spanish Dahlia said...

Happy Fall Sandy~
Just wanted to to tell you that this is my first time commenting. I've been an admirer of your blog for a awhile and finally decided to say hello. I love your shabby studio, so lovely and your posts are always interesting and inspiring to me. As for your baby boos, well they're adorable and I'd love to stop in some time to buy some from you as I live in the town of Bethlehem. I'm probably about a thirty minute drive from your neck of the woods! Anyway, thanks again and hope to hear from you.
~ Stephanie

A Cottage Muse said...

These sweet little beauties are hard to find! You've made some wonderful displays Sandy! Have a nice day!

Anonymous said...

They are gorgeous!
They look so pretty with roses and candle light,beautiful pictures dear girl,

Lili said...

Oh my gosh I love them too, but it's so rare to find them here in Maine. You have just inspired me to grow my own. They look so perfect in that wire basket. Your place is gorgeous! ~Lili

Marilyn said...

This is so lovely.. I love it.. I would LOVE for you to link it up to my fall crawl blog party.. I'm officially following ya with smiles - GREAT blog with Lots of inspirations here :)) Love it. - the link to link up is http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/09/fall-crawl-day-12-blog-party.html

Chris said...

So unusual this is a new find for me. You've done them real justice with the display and photos. TFS. Hopping from Katherine's Corner. Nice to meet you

Grace InAZ said...

I don't have a green thumb so I love seeing other peoples harvests! Love your blog! I am blog hopping from Katherine's Corner. Already following you. LOL Thx for visiting my blog. Growing Old With Grace http://growing-old-with-grace.blogspot.com/

Little Treasures said...

I am in love with your photographs, the amazing poem and your gorgeous white pumpkins!! You are so blessed to be able to grow your own food!
Thank you for dropping by!

vintage-rose Cottage said...

hi sandy..ohhhh i love this pumkins,,i don´t find the little pumkins,,i love your picture..hugs Belinda

Katherines Corner said...

stopping by to send big hugs and sincere wishes for a weekend filled with joy, Katherine

Iben said...

Sooooo beautifull.

Have a nice weekend :)


BellaVida said...

How cool that you grew them yourself. I haven't done any gardening this year because of the hot summer we're having in South Florida. Hopefully when it cools I'll plant something flowery.

btw - your blog is super pretty.

Bella Vida by Letty
Have a great day.

Vanessa said...

Hi, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by homesweetbutterfly.com and linking up. I just love your fall decor. Just lovely.

Have a great weekend.

Vintage Girl said...

Hi Sandy,
i´m in love with your gorgeous pics.
The white Baby Boo Pumpkins are rare over here too...so i made some from velvet.

Happy weekend, lovely greetings from Berlin, Germany,

Vicki said...

Delightful little pumpkins; never seen them before! I always also enjoy the poems or passages you find to so fittingly accompany your stunning photos (I especially like the one which has the bright votive nested in with the baby boos). Tell us more about fall finds and autumn landscape; love to hear what it's like in your neck of the woods. You describe everything so well in all of the four seasons of the Northeast USA; love for your environment and home comes right through your posts. Really enjoyable; thanks.

sadie said...

they're tricky to find here too. I found some white pumpkins a few years ago, and filled the house with them, since then they shops have not had them.
such a shame. They're so much nicer than bright orange!

wanted to come over and congratulate you. My edition of Rachel Ashwell's latest book arrived yesterday and well, what a lovely surprise to see your studio featured in it.It looks gorgeous (because it is!)


Cindy Lane said...

They look like a basket of white chocolates, with maybe a praline filling.

I used to use a lot of the wee Japanese pumpkins around the kitchen, what colour is the flesh of your lovely white ones?

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

oh those are really sweet pumpkins Sandy. They look perfect in that wire basket! I love the new header, it is really great, esp the font!

Heaven's Walk said...

I can see that I'm going to have to try growing some of those cuties in my veggie garden next year! :) They're so cute!

xoxo laurie


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