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Photo courtesy Rita Squadrito
Even if I don’t get any pumpkins the daily orange flowers are beautiful!

Beautiful mistake

My daughter Lea grew pumpkins last year and gave me one. It was so cute and since my summer flowers were gone it fit perfectly perched on top of a tall planter on my back steps. When the weather got warm I planted my geraniums and watered daily in the summer heat.

A vine started growing along with the flowers and since it was pretty I let it grow. Before long it was climbing up and attaching itself to my trellis of ivy and clematis!

We were having dinner one weekend and I mentioned the vine and my daughter said, “You’re growing pumpkins!”

Couldn’t figure out how that had happened until I remembered when the weather got cold I was going to throw the pumpkin out and it turned to mush in my hands … so I left the seeds for the birds and squirrels! I guess they left me a few and they survived the winter! Even if I don’t get any pumpkins the daily orange flowers are beautiful!

Rita Squadrito lives in Fort Wayne.

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