See what I did there? In the interest of keeping the headline short and sweet and because I like alliteration, I combined the words “gold” and “orange” and “red” all which are colors that dominate Autumn.
Outta my gourd.
Over the years, expressions fall in and out of fashion … “out of one’s gourd” is one such expression. I never hear it anymore. Back in the day kids used to say “I’m bored out of my gourd” or, if they thought you said something crazy, they’d reply “you’re outta your gourd!” I suspect I probably just dated myself.
So, I figured I should have at least one post that mentions pumpkins since we are immersed in harvest season and also embarking on Halloween week.
Pumpkins – like ‘em, love ‘em?
When you think of pumpkins, what comes to mind first? Beautiful harvest displays in the neighborhood with pristine pumpkins sitting atop hay bales? Perhaps those scary-looking jack-o-lanterns come to mind, or Autumn delights like sipping a pumpkin spice latte or savoring pumpkin pie?
I waited until mid-September to go to take any pumpkin pictures. My first stop was a local gas station about four miles away. You may recall I went on a wild-goose chase looking for sunflowers at the tail end of August, only to find a large garden of sunflowers at a gas station located on a busy intersection. I got some pictures and took note that at the base of those sunflowers was a tangle of large leaves and delicate yellow flowers. I figured those blossoms surely would have morphed into pumpkins by now, so off I went to get some pumpkins-in-the-raw photos.
Well, so much for that idea, as those gourds had already been harvested. I walked back to the car and continued on to Heritage Park. I knew that soon the Botanical Gardens would be dismantled and the annuals and tropical flowers hauled away to overwinter safely from the harsh weather elements, so it was best to hustle up there and get some pictures.
It was a gorgeous September day, so I planned to spend a few hours walking at this picturesque venue.
First up – the Botanical Gardens.
This beautiful venue never disappoints and as I stepped into the Conservatory area, I had to chuckle to myself, as the volunteers who take care of the Conservatory plants and adjacent gardens, had placed gourds in many of the large planters. Here are few of them:
I walked around the Gardens and decided “why not capture images of the golds, oranges and reds that so define this season?” Here are few of those blooms and an ornamental pepper plant:
I then had the bright idea to check out the Community Gardens and see if people were growing or ready to harvest pumpkins and gourds there.
The Community Gardens were looking a little desolate.
Most gardeners are a bit wistful when growing season is officially over. They pull out the annuals, packing away the pots and baskets for next Spring. Perennials and rosebushes are lopped off in advance of next year’s growing season after many months of dormancy. As I walked through the Community Gardens, it looked like most gardeners had already put their gardens “to bed” for the 2020 growing season. I managed to get a few shots of gourds, still growing and almost done.
And, as I walked down the center mulched pathway looking for pumpkins and/or gourds, I found some fun items in the various Community Gardens plots.
I may have to use this door for Norm’s Thursday doors blog site.
The goose-crossing sign near the Petting Farm was laying on the ground while a new driveway was being put into place … hmm, hopefully drivers will beware of the Canada geese as they cross busy Pardee Road, because everyone knows those lazy geese never cross with the stoplight.
I have not returned to Heritage Park during Autumn for several reasons. There were activity weekends for kids at the Petting Farm and at/around the Park in September and October, plus all the historical buildings are being revitalized, including paint jobs, so this year I skipped my usual outing to capture images of the beautiful leaf colors.