Pumpkins, squashes and gourds

At this time of year, pumpkins, squashes and gourds are now making an appearance more so for autumnal decoration than eating, and are now a really simple and inexpensive way of add some Autumn styling to the home.  

The huge orange pumpkins that we have traditionally known and used for carving spooky faces into for Halloween over the years, have now been joined by their smaller ‘cousins’, the mini pumpkins, squashes and gourds for decorating the home and garden during this festival.

The various creams, greens and oranges of these little chaps provide the traditional autumn colours to help decorate the home with and coming in all shapes and sizes they can make the perfect eye-catching centrepiece.

There are some incredibly quirky shaped gourds and mini pumpkins, which provide a bit of fun such as Turkish Hats, Baby Boo, Sweet Dumpling. To style them up, just dot them around the house on shelves or tables, or pile them up into big bowls to put on the kitchen island or on a table in the hallway or entrance hall.  So easy!

And don't forget, once you have finished with your pumpkins, squashes and gourds, leave them outside for the birds to eat they will love you for it, and try to save some seeds so that you can grow your own next year.

Published: October 2022