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).