Mama’s Growing A Pumpkin Patch, Unexpectedly

I’ve been trying to figure out what type of plant mysteriously appeared in my front yard for weeks. When I saw this plant initially, I thought it was a weed and decided I would tear it out when I weeded the next time around and kill the roots with Round Up. Since weeding wasn’t at the top of my list, it has continued to spread across the yard and it’s now heading toward the drive way.

Last week, I noticed orange blooms on the plant and decided to walk over and check it out. Much to my surprise, it’s bearing miniature pumpkins. WTH?

I display my mums and pumpkins in this area in the fall and I guess one of the pumpkins that burst because I left them out too long must have germinated. I won’t be tearing it down after all, my Xavier will have his own pumpkin patch in Gran’s yard this fall.

When I purchased the lot the farmer who lived next to me said that I would be able to grow anything, my lot used to be his pig pen. Everything grows double its size if I don’t keep my shrubs cut back. In the meantime, I guess I better do some research on how I need to handle this baby. I’ve been told that a pumpkin plant can grow as much as 6 inches a day and grow up to 30 feet. I’m looking forward to seeing my unexpected pumpkin patch this fall. Stay tuned.



  1. Make a pumkin blossum sandwich.
    The pumpkin blossums can be picked early in the morning, before 9am. Take out stemen, soak in tuperware of water, just enough to cover. When ready to fry them up just dip them in flour and fry in small amount of oil. Once crisp put on piece of soft bread (white oatmeal by pepperidge farm is my favorite), add mustard and you have a delicious sandwich. I grew up eating these and have passed it down to my kids, they also love them.

  2. How cool!  I love when something fun and unexpected happens~and what kid wouldn't love their own pumpkin patch?

  3. that's so cool!  Should be ready for Halloween, huh!  Neat!

  4. is so neat!

  5. I've got one just like this next to my drive way where the kids threw the pumpkins last year. They think it is so fun! Found your blog through the Nickels and Dimes linky!

  6. What a fun surprise!

  7. Wow, that is interesting. A surprise pumpkin patch, lol…and with Halloween coming up too, very timely 🙂 (I love pumpkin pie)

  8. That's so fun and a really great unexpected surprise!