November 29, 2021

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Succulent-Topped Pumpkins

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Friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong is sharing a cool decorating project for the fall season.

I’ve been making succulent-topped pumpkins for several years now after reading about it for the first time in Debra Lee Baldwin’s book and watching Laura Eubanks (the creator) on YouTube. I also enjoy and refer repeatedly to the Fine Gardening article written by Katherine Tracey of Avant Gardens. (I’m a huge fan of her work.)

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsTender succulents are repurposed as succulent-topped pumpkin gifts for family and friends.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsLast year, I made mostly white pumpkins, but this year the choices of heirloom and hybrid pumpkins were fantastic, so I went with as many different types (and sizes) of pumpkins as I could.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThe notable varieties this year included this pumpkin with unusual mottle skin, called ‘One Too Many’.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsThis soft green pumpkin is ‘Musquee de Provence’. It will turn orange once fully ripe.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA ‘Turk’s Turban’ squash has a distinctive shape that allows succulents to be planted on it without cutting it open.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc Blogs‘Grizzly Bear’ is on the left and ‘Fiji Squash’ is on the right, each crowned with succulents.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI adore the very dark green pumpkins and acorn squash this year. They look almost black to me, so they were the first ones made for the season.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsI had to think about how to display the acorn piece. I tried to insert a piece of found driftwood under it, but in the end I used a clamshell.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsGiving succulent pumpkins as gifts creates some challenges in transporting. To move them safely, trace and cut out the bottom shape of your pumpkin over a corrugated cardboard box. Seat your pumpkin about 1/3 in so it doesn’t pop out or roll. For miniature pumpkins, you can use the cardboard drink trays offered by your favorite fast food restaurant or coffee shop.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsWhatever you decide to make will be fun and beautiful and will bring joy to its recipient! Early Happy Thanksgiving to my American gardening friends!

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