I decided that my hanging baskets weren't so pretty right now, so this morning I dumped the flowers out and put some pumpkins and gourds in them. I love gourds. I carve them out, so they can hold water...then fill with flowers. I even do that with the gourds with a long neck. I cut a little slice off the bottom, so it will balance.
I have dried gourds for a year...cut a round hole in them, and then emptied the contents. Usually there isn't much left....just some powdery matter and seeds. I sand them well....they look terrible at this point.Then I paint them with acrylic paint..I like to decorate them with painted flowers etc. Varnish them and use as a bird house. I have a very interesting one down on my work table right now. I'm going to make a birdhouse out of it this winter. I will probably show it here this winter.
I have used the tiny pumpkins for placecards at a luncheon.
My Grandson Collin, baked sweet potatoes in the little pumkins one year.
There are so many fun things that can be done with them. It's funny....the oranges and yellows are not my favorite color in the garden in the early part of the year....but right now they are perfect.