Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Favorite Thing Saturday...Pumpkins!

I just love fall and everything about it.  Pumpkins, winter squash, beautiful fall foliage, candy corn mixed with peanuts, homemade apple pies, spice scented candles,  caramel apples, mulled cider, crisp mornings, pumpkins...wait, I think I said that already.  Yes, I do love pumpkins!  I didn't realize the enormous variety of pumpkins and squash until I visited a few pumpkin farms last year in Virginia.  Since a trip to Virginia is not in the works, a visit to Courtney Farms Market in Ocean Springs, MS did the trick.  How about this precious topiary of pumpkins and squash? I love the way they placed several varieties on top of each other and used moss and grapevine as filler.  Just beautiful!
Before leaving Courtney Farms, I had a cart full of pumpkins and squash!  I couldn't resist the unusual varieties such as the Cinderella pumpkin pictured below.  I love the shape and color. Imagine a good fairy waving her wand and turning one of these pumpkins into a beautiful carriage! I also bought a variety known as a Fairytale pumpkin to join the group. 
(Blue Bird Market)
Another variety of winter squash that caught my eye is known as Turban Squash.  Courtney Farms topped their topiary with this unique variety. The underside looks like a normal pumpkin, but then this unusual "turban type" growth appears on the topside.  Aren't they unique?
(Key Ingredient)

While I was at Courtney Farms, I also purchased a few smaller pumpkins and squash to fill a glass vase on the dining room table.  Each one has a wonderful name...Baby Boo Pumpkins, Tiger Pumpkins, Carnival Squash and Wee Bee Little Pumpkins. I love this simple display!
If you are looking for inspiration, this months Southern Living has terrific ideas for decorating with pumpkins and mums! I like the haphazard placement of the pumpkins on the steps.  Not too formal, but every bit welcoming.
My larger pumpkins are sitting patiently on the front porch awaiting a few final decorative touches before I can share them with you.  As the song goes, "These are just a few of my favorite things"!  What are your favorite things?  Linking today with

24 comments:

  1. Me too, I love pumpkins. They were forgotten until 1985 but have come back more and more. From all my seeds I could harvest two. Ha! Have a nice Sunday. Regula

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  2. I usually purchase the regular pumpkins at the grocery. After seeing all the wonderful varieties being harvested, I have expanded. Maybe I will try my hand at growing a few??!! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Have a wonderful Sunday as well!

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  3. Fun post! I really like the Cinderella pumpkins too.

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    1. Aren't they just the best? My little niece will spend the weekend soon and we plan to "spin a yarn" using the Cinderella pumpkins and Fairytale pumpkins! She can come up with some stories and loves a good fairytale! Thank you for dropping by Still Woods. I hope you come back soon!

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  4. Pumpkins and squash can be works of art, can't they? There are so many varieties, so many color combinations - I just love them. I have yet to buy one pumpkin to decorate with this fall! I'd better get going! It's so nice to meet you - thank you so much for joining in this week! Please come back again.

    xo
    Claudia

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    1. Hi Claudia!
      Thanks for hosting "A Favorite Thing Saturday". I have so many favorite things, so am anxious to link again! Have a wonderful week!
      Lynda

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  5. You certainly have a thing for pumkins!! love all the decorating you have done with them. Hopefully they will last to Thanksgiving!!

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    1. I am hoping they last that long as well. If we have a cooler fall, they might! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Have a great week!

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  6. Love all the great pumpkins you found!

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    1. Hi Linda,
      Courtney Farms has the largest collection on the Coast. Not nearly as many as I saw in Virginia, but still an outstanding display. Thank you for stopping by Still Woods. Come back soon!
      Lynda

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  7. Hi ~ I'm loving all the pumpkins being shown in bogland. You're decoupaged pumpkins are fabulous. A friend painted hers, but needed ideas in how to finish. I like the raffia ~ cute! Thanks for following, I'm following back now. Blessings (:

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    1. Hi Susy! Suggest the raffia to your friend. I used a little hot glue to secure it to the pumpkin and just tied a bow. I thought about using twine, but liked the look of the raffia. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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  8. It's always a pleasure to meet a fellow-Mississippian. I love fall and all things in it, too.

    Thanks for following along. I look forward to returning the favor and exploring your blog.

    I have a great-grandmother who is buried in Ocean Springs.

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    1. Yes, we fellow Mississippian's need to stick together! Didn't tell you but my dad's family is from San Antonio and the Hill Country of Texas. I do need a pair of cowboy boots, don't I?

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  9. I love all the varieties of pumpkins, too. Yours look wonderful.

    Hugs,
    Laura

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am new to blogging (July, 2012) and am trying to get the hang of the blog world. I love getting comments! Have a great week from one vintage girl to another!

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  10. I wish we have pumpkin's farm here in nOrway. Sad to say, we don't have. well, nice to see them in pictures in different shapes.But maybe they will import some and we can buy from the shop. We shall see. Until now, I haven't seen one!
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  11. I didn't realize that they do not have pumpkin farms in Norway. I would send a pumpkin your way, but fear the shipping would be outrageous! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am now your newest member! Please come back and visit soon!

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  12. Such a great post! I love all the variety! Your vase with all the pumpkins is beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. So thrilled to have you share. :)

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    1. Thank you Kathy. I loved viewing all the blog posts from A Bouquet of Talent. Thanks for having the event so that we could all share!

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  13. One of our local churches had a pumpkin patch
    set up this past weekend and they had literally
    thousands. Was nice to see!
    Thanks for your visit to my blog and yes, we also
    are a CG family.. my grandfather, father, two Uncles
    and now my two sons are all career. CG brat you
    might call me....
    Love your photos!
    Sandy

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  14. Those photos are just beautiful! Isn't nature glorious? It makes me want to go straight to the farmers market and load a basket full. I love your arrangement of tiny pumpkins in that glass vase. So pretty!

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    1. Nature is glorious. Hope you have had time to head to the market and pick a few pumpkins! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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