In A Vase on Monday-The Pumpkin Chronicles


In a Vegetable on Monday, Part Two. My gourd collection from last week was looking pretty good so I decided to add to the arrangement with an heirloom pumpkin for Halloween. Today is Halloween in the US, traditionally the time to carve a pumpkin into a Jack O Lantern then go door to door seeking chocolate (or that is how I think of it).20161028_185146

This is a Jarrahdale Pumpkin, totally non traditional and it hails from Australia. My father was an enormous fan of pumpkin carving so in his honor, I carve a pumpkin every Halloween. I decided to research this one a bit to see if it was edible – it is, and reportedly has sweet, melon like flesh perfect for pies. My husband is regionally famous for his pumpkin pies – so I read on to find that I should roast the pumpkin for 20-30 minutes if I wanted to save the flesh and then scoop out the flesh and continue with my ‘decorative use’.

Upon the completion of the short roasting time, the shell had changed color a bit and the flesh was slightly softer, but not cooked, so I chiseled it out with a serrate knife, being careful to use my not so nice knife in case it snapped. The pumpkin looked a bit like a crocodile so I carved a mean face into it. The flowers may offset the meaness.


Not so sure about the flesh, I just collected it and put in back in the oven to roast and set about arranging the flowers.


Starting in the front, the yellow flowers are Beach Sunflowers (Helianthus debilis) the coral star shaped flowers are Dwarf Red Ixora, with a bit of Asian Sword Fern. The red and green leafless stems are from a Firesticks Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli), red and yellow flowers are Parrot Flower (Heliconia psittacorum), red bell shaped flowers are from Firecracker Plant (Russelia), the grey foliage is from Flapjack Kalanchoes and a leaf from Split Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron selloum) completes the arrangement. The flowers are in a glass I put into the pumpkin, there is also a tealight candle in there, but I have mixed feelings about lighting it.

About this time, I took the pumpkin out of the oven, let it cool, had a taste and discovered it it really good and does taste of sweet melon – unfortunately, after all that I ended up with 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree. Pumpkin bread, anyone?


Here is a much more traditional Jack O Lantern from years past, Happy Halloween!


23 comments on “In A Vase on Monday-The Pumpkin Chronicles

  1. Summer Daisy says:

    Love the pumpkin vase♥

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  2. Happy Halloween! The grey pumpkin has a great color.


  3. Christina says:

    Good luck in your search for CHOCOLATE! I’d give you chocolate if you came to my door with a cleverly carved pumpkin filled with flowers.


  4. Cathy says:

    Love your carved pumpkin with the mad hair!! 😀


  5. Your pumpkin vignette looks fabulous. I admire your enterprise in carving the pumpkin – I have no doubt I’d cut off a digit or 2 if I tried that. The red Ixora sets off the color of the gray pumpkin beautifully and, with the other colorful blooms, makes your crocodile pumpkin much less sinister. Enjoy the holiday (with or without chocolate)!


    • Thanks, Kris – my husband is missing half a finger so we are careful of our digits here! I had a frightening encounter with a pie pumpkin and finally had to get my husband to cut it! I think I am done with gourds/squash for the time being.


  6. pbmgarden says:

    Well done. I love the grayness of that heirloom pumpkin. Happy Halloween.


  7. Eliza Waters says:

    Marvelous arrangement and carving. Nicely done! Go Gators! 😉


  8. Cathy says:

    It’s a lovely arrangement and with that face carved in it does look like quite a wonderful mad hairstyle! 😉 I do admire you for hollowing out the pumpkin and carving a face… I get scared when I have to get out a big knife to deal with pumpkins and tend to stick to the softer butternuts for baking!


  9. Chloris says:

    I love your pumpkin and gourd display. Whst an unusual pumpkin, it looks stunning with the gorgeous flowers you selected. I hope you used your not so nice hands as well as your not so nice knife for carving. It would be a pity to spoil your best onres.


  10. This is a fantastic display. I love you pumpkin vases, especially that wonderful Jarrahdale Pumpkin.

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