February 8, 2012

Blooms of Another Kind

This past weekend was sunny, warm, and gorgeous! I took advantage of the weather and cleaned up some of my hard-shelled gourds from last year's garden. The gourds have been hanging out in the garage developing a nice bloomy rind (kind of like cheese). Eventually they will dry out completely and become very hard.

The mold bloom on each gourd is almost like a piece of art!

This Bule-type gourd with bumpy skin is particularly interesting!

You can see where the skin has split on this gourd. After scraping off the moldy skin, each gourd will take on a light tan color. It's amazing that they can go from something so gross looking to something decorative (that you wouldn't mind sitting on the dining room table).

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