The painting of the October picture continues….
I am tempted to paint the whole thing orange after this initial ‘shading’ work – orange pumpkin and orange fairies as if they have emerged from the substance of the pumpkin. I made the inside of the pumpkin dark so that their faces would show up looking out, rather than have the innards of the pumpkin glow as in a traditional Jack o’ Lantern, as then I would have to paint all their legs and everything standing around in the pumpkin, which didn’t seem at all the sort of way it looked in my head. Anyway, you will see the results when I get that far.
I have never grown orange pumpkins myself, but spent several years growing long grey-blue ones that looked a lot like Hindenburgs, but without the tendency to explode. This year I grew broad-beans where my pumpkin bed had been. So no pumpkins… but at the last minute I couldn’t resist planting a couple of seeds of the last Hindenburg that we ate in about June.
This is a was a foolish thing to do unless I had taken steps to make sure that the Hindenburg was only pollinated by another Hindenburg and not a passing butternut squash or a courgette, which were also growing at the time, and sure enough what I have now turns out not to be a pure-bred pumpkin, but a Squmpkin. Half Hindenburg, half butternut squash. For a butternut squash it would be enourmous. Here is the biggest fruit with Arthur for scale:
Of course, there is know knowing whether this will be a tasty Squmpkin, or something horrible and bitter and not worth cooking. That is why this was a foolish thing to plant. But then, I frequently plant foolish things… All the same, Arthur is guarding it for me, against theft by Fairies. We no-longer have a rat problem, because Arthur ate them, so I shouldn’t think that a few fairies would present too much of a problem!