Bounty ~ The Accidental Gardener

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Symbol.”

Baby Pumpkin

 

July 2015, Pumpkin growing on the vine.

Don’t know how it got there. Bird? Squirrel? Sprouted from a discarded jack-o-lantern?

Tucked between two mature Azaleas, to which it has attached it’s wiry tendrils. Borrowing beefy limbs as a natural ladder to the sun. Fecundity and a desire to climb programmed into it’s plant DNA.

Generously lifting up it’s bountiful treasure, offering sustenance.

~The Accidental Gardener

Cucurbita Pepo Pumpkin Vine

Cucurbita Pepo

Early newspaper references to pumpkin preparations in the Library of Congress digital Historical Newspaper collection suggest laying stewed pumpkin out on large pewter plates to dry near the fire for four to five days.  The resulting pumpkin meal would keep through the winter for use in stews, breads or pies.