Friday, November 19, 2010

How To Stuff A Wild Pumpkin

On Thanksgiving all your senses should be stimulated. We've got the taste and smell pretty well covered with dinner, the sound with laughter and conversation and though a table full of food is a feast for the eyes, a little floral beauty doesn't go amiss.

This is how we do it in Ye Olde Flower Shoppe.

We take a miniature pumpkin and off with it's head! We clean out the inners and then line it with floral foil. Then we cut a plug of wet oasis and insert in foil.

Now the magic begins. Take anything you can find in your garden, berries, boxwood, perhaps some maple leaves, and begin to fill. if you have some roses or asters still blooming, add them. Maybe a handful of herbs, like rosemary or sage. Just keep turning pumpkin and fill in all sides. If you have nothing growing go buy some, but you don't need a lot, just a sweet variety.

Have a seat and admire. Maybe make several more and use them for the Thanksgiving table. If you're in a loving mood give one to each guest as they leave.

It's all about the 3 G's, right people? Gratitude, gluttony and giving.


  1. How festive! Think I will try with a winter squash, not having grown pumpkins, and use some desert foliage. Thanks for a great idea and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  2. I love this idea - and many thanks for the step by step instructions. It seems I can grow them, but have difficult arranging! Won't be home for TG, but may try it for Christmas if I can still find a pumpkin.... or a winter squash! Thanks and a very happy Thanksgiving to you and GG.

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  4. Pretty as a pumpkin should be put in the Urban dictionary named after your charming pumpkin photos. Love it..Sinead x

  5. Anneke. YES, do it and then post pic please.

    Webb, You can always get a pumpkin for Christmas and spray it gold first. Have a happy and full-filling Thanksgiving.

    Urban, Oohh I like that:)

  6. Right, I'm leaving now then. Scarf, hat, compliments to my very best friend, the hostess. Where's my pumpkin?

  7. hi jane,

    this is so cute. i have a little pumpkin that i can do this to. i think i'll fill mine with herbs. thanks for the tip dearest.


  8. Perfection. You are so clever Jane - the little pumpkin flower holders look gorgeous. I was just thinking how lovely it would be to do a blog visiting tour in real life. Would definitely have to drop by Arlington's Ye Olde Flower Shoppe! x

  9. So cute!I love the colors you used - what is the berry? I have just the little pumpkin to use for this - thanks for the idea and the tips!

  10. Mise, It's right here, maybe you shouldn't have had that last brandy.

    Janet, will hope to see it when we share in your Thanksgiving pics.

    Semi Expat, let me know when you're coming and we'll clean up the place. Actually you'll come to me and we'll skip the shop entirely.

    Life, in small chunks. It's orange ilex berries. luscious color, no?

  11. That almost make me wish we had thanksgiving here!
    Might have to try it anyway!! xx

  12. So so lovely, but what the devil is floral foil?