Pumpkin Patch and More

  
I just finished tilling the pumpkin patch – hopefully for the last time.  The vines are really spreading out and covering the ground which keeps the weeds down.  Here are pictures of a few of the pumpkins that are growing.  I planted many varieties of small decorator-type pumpkins; none are supposed to be over 20 pounds which will be easier for me to pick and haul up to the yard for Pumpkin Day.

   
     
Now about those cactus blooms – I am quite sure I’m not the only person who has blooms on their cacti.  It’s just that I post the pictures for the world to see, if anyone is interested.  The pink bloom is probably 4-5″ across and here is what it looks like today – closed up but not even droopy.  That’s Gipper behind the bench.

   
 
I do not know what kind of cactus this is – I bought it for $1.00 at a garage sale and it was a “start” from a large plant owned by a sweet lady named Pearl.  Thus her name.

The only other large bloom similar to this is the night blooming cereus which is a succulent.  This plant has been blooming for several weeks now.  Each individual bloom lasts only one day and then it dies.  This bloom is about 6″ across.

  
The 2 big goldens, Lexie and Gipper, are here this week.  They are very easy dogs – just typical “red” dogs that demand lots of pets.

I’ve put in enough hours on maintenance today – I’m heading for the sewing machine and “House of Cards, Season 3.

7 thoughts on “Pumpkin Patch and More

  1. Beck Schoonover

    Pumpkins are looking good….I have a cactus that I got from my Grandma never knew the name so I called it “grandma’s cactus”….well know I what it is “night blooming cereus” but it will always be grandma cactus. Just love your posts!!!!

  2. Ann Barlament

    Seems like the pumpkins really took off in a grow spurt since you tilled the last time. Great variety!!
    Love the flowers on your cactus’…..I had a HUGE cactus that I got at Walmart about 30 years ago for $10. Too bad nobody wanted to take care of it, when I went to the hospital in 2012. I’m sure it’s dead by now. Oh well….just give me an opportunity to find new ones!!

  3. Carol

    Well, I will be at the Country Living Fair…went last year and loved it! Bought you out..punchneedle! Mrs. Parolee….a cherry cobbler vendor at the fair? Mmmmm!
    Love all the different kinds of pumpkins that grace our fall. Last year I did a little succulent garden on a white pumpkin…I guess kind of line a fairy garden (which is a weird concept that had totally caught on)….well, those little succulents made it through the winter and into my sister’s garden.

  4. Diane

    Beautiful flowers and dogs:) I wish I could buy some of your pumpkins; they are so different. Beautiful day in Central Ohio. Are you coming to the Country Living Fair in Columbus this year, Mary?

    1. CountryThreads Post author

      No, we won’t be at the fair this year for the first time in many years. We’ll miss seeing our friends as well as Mrs. Parolee’s cherry cobbler!

  5. Betty Klosterman

    What wonderful flowers. Did the lady mean succulents with no thorns and their flowers instead of the thorny cactus? The ones without thorns are nice. A few years back I dug up some cactus (similar to the one on the left of the closed flower) at the New Underwood Cemetery. The cemetery is just natural
    prairie grasses. It’s thorns had barbs like porcupine quills which just working their way into whatever they touch–garden hoses, roofers and a little sparrow hiney. We tried to catch him with no luck and we don’t know what happened to him. That’s when I took that cactus to the yard waste.

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