Saturday, November 7, 2009

garden | gourds changing hues

the changing of the gourds... A pretty cool thing has been happening with the gaggle of gourds I harvested almost one month ago, they been changing colors. The change has been slow and subtle, until recently when the vibrancy of some of the gourds is just amazing. The colors are so super saturated, they just command your attention.
Gourds aren't the most practical thing you can grow. They take up a bunch of room for something you cannot eat. But they are just such fun to have, you just have to plant a few for sheer eye candy.
The Tennessee Dancing Gourds are turning faded and are becoming light as a feather as they dry out completely. I stopped my husband in horror yesterday as he was putting a few into the compost. I'm thinking of stringing the dried shells together to make a gourd garland for the holidays.
These gourds are just wow. I was surprised to see such a change in hue. The brightness of the new yellows and greens are heavily pigmented and so, so pretty.

6 comments:

janie said...

What kind of gourds are these? They are very pretty. I grow dipper gourds, bushel baskets, and apple gourds, as well as birdhouse gourds. They dry and will last for years. Do yours last like that, and will the colors stay so pretty for long?

El said...

I love your pictures. It's funny how they change. Gorgeous!

lindsaymeyer said...

Great post! Thanks for finding me on Foodbuzz!

and this blog said...

I love the design on your blog! colors and pics are really nice! =)

Allison said...

thanks everyone!
the top shot is of Tennessee Dancing gourds. these grow around 2-3" big and are a pretty prolific producer. the colors fade like in the photo and the gourd dries out probably within two months.
the bottom shots are of a warted gourd seed mix from FedCo Seeds. all in all, this mix provided around a dozen different warted gourds in all shapes and colors... even white. these are the gourds whose colors are just getting richer and deeper in time. the seem to be holding their weight right now and not drying out too much.

Allison said...

thanks everyone!
the top shot is of Tennessee Dancing gourds. these grow around 2-3" big and are a pretty prolific producer. the colors fade like in the photo and the gourd dries out probably within two months.
the bottom shots are of a warted gourd seed mix from FedCo Seeds. all in all, this mix provided around a dozen different warted gourds in all shapes and colors... even white. these are the gourds whose colors are just getting richer and deeper in time. the seem to be holding their weight right now and not drying out too much.

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