hanging garden of bottle gourds

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9.25.16 ~ Holmberg Orchards ~ Gales Ferry, Connecticut

As we wandered around a corn maze on a perfect autumn day, we came upon an enchanting gourd tunnel.

Gourds are natural born climbers. They seek out anything they can reach to climb closer to the sun. They grow so quickly it can become a daily task to move the vines away from some places you don’t want them to climb on. And once a tendril gets itself wound around a hold nothing short of breaking the tendril off the vine will get the little curlicue to let go. Not even the death of the vine will loosen their grip much.
~ Karen Hundt-Brown
(American Gourd Society)

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9.25.16 ~ Holmberg Orchards ~ Gales Ferry, Connecticut

While I looked, my inner self moved; my spirit shook its always-fettered wings half loose; I had a sudden feeling as if I, who never yet truly lived, were at last about to taste life: in that morning my soul grew as fast as Jonah’s gourd.
~ Charlotte Brontë
(Villette)

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9.25.16 ~ Holmberg Orchards ~ Gales Ferry, Connecticut

Yet poetry, though the last and finest result, is a natural fruit. As naturally as the oak bears an acorn, and the vine a gourd, man bears a poem, either spoken or done.
~ Henry David Thoreau
(A Week on the Concord & Merrimack Rivers)

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9.25.16 ~ Holmberg Orchards ~ Gales Ferry, Connecticut

14 thoughts on “hanging garden of bottle gourds”

    1. Thanks, Val! I had never noticed green gourds before, and had to look this one up to identify it. Most of the gourds I see come in shades of autumn colors.

    1. It does look a little spooky – it would make a great entrance to a haunted house or garden for Halloween. 🙂

  1. I love the way the series of photos start close up and then move back. Fidel still has his father’s drinking gourd, shaped like this, with a corn cob stopper.

    1. Thank you, Susan! It wasn’t something that could be captured in one shot. A drinking gourd with a corn cob stopper sounds very creative. Loved seeing you last week! *hugs*

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