If you’re like me, you can never see a gourd without a snatch of verse flickering in and out of focus in the recesses of your mind – this one:
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease
Keats, from To Autumn
Now even the bees have been forced to admit that Autumn is a memory, and nights are longer, a great way to give a gourd new life is to turn it into a winter nightlight.
The ones pictured here are part of Thompson Farms of Raleigh, Mississippi’s collection of crafted gourd novelties that include tree decorations, mandalas, baskets and thunder gourds as well as luminaries.
As I was admiring them, noticing my accent, a member of the team pointed out one finished with gold and jewels that was fit for a Queen. I had to agree.
Not all the gourds are large and imposing – there really is something for everyone. These fruit-sized ones have their own style of beauty, with their softly burnished shells and subtle textures.
My sweetheart? He came home with a small, black gourd bat to add to his collection.
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