I love their shapes, textures, colors. They aren’t edible and are grown entirely as decorations.


I find them weird and wonderful, beautiful in a strange, gaudy way.  I love having baskets of them around the house from Halloween through Thanksgiving.


19 thoughts on “GOURDS”

  1. Gourds are very easy to grow as well. I’d take the seeds and plant them in the backyard when I was a kid. I’d always have at least a few good specimens by Fall… it was the only gardening fun I ever had!


  2. Gorgeous! And I’m going to try, when my own batch gets a little antiquated this year, planting them in my mini meadow out back. At least the critters there will have some feasting, and at best I might garner a gourd or two for next year. 🙂


    1. As long as you know you are doing it for the critters. If you live in the country, they are clever, fast … and there are lots more of them than there are of you. I know people who took to guarding their little pumpkin and gourd patches with a shotgun. That didn’t work either.


  3. I love gourds as well, I love to have them gathered around at the Thanksgiving table, or spread out on the mantle, growing them is quite fun too, as it tends to be quite a conversation piece in the garden, great photos and a lovely post!


    1. We no longer try to grow anythiing. The critters consume everything long before we can get to them. We have literally ACRES of blackberries and have never gotten to eat a single berry. But we have very happy songbirds.


  4. Gourds–LOVE THEM! I use them to decorate, too; when they dry thoroughly, they make great great art projects for kids & adults. I’ve purchased some in PA and made some with the kids… i.e. Angels & Santas… Also, you can carve them out to make baskets. Thanks for the post.


    1. I just love them. They really are natural art. Some of them are remarkable. These were big ones and even stranger looking than the usual smaller versions. Some of them were the size of medium pumpkins.


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