Charlecote, Warwickshire

Autumnal BlissGourds

As we are now into the depths of Autumn, I thought I would share a suitably themed post. This week I was lucky enough to find this blissful spot in a village called Charlecote in Warwickshire. This plant and flower centre is opposite the gates to the Charlecote Park National Trust property, and was just teeming with pumpkins, gourds and squashes of every variety imaginable. What made them even more special, was that none of them were imported, all were grown right there in the grounds.

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Although when I visited it was a less than pleasant rainy day, the sight of so many pumpkins of all sizes and colours, soon bought a smile to my face and brightened up my day.

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I mean, have you seen these Turk’s Turban pumpkins?! They were so glorious and unusual I wanted to buy them all! Picking just the one was certainly a challenge…

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Who wouldn’t want a miniature pumpkin?

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After seeing all these I have to admit, it will be hard to ever go back to buying a standard orange pumpkin from the supermarket, a collection of these on the table looking far superior to a carved pumpkin.

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What makes this plant centre even better is that it also has its own organic fruit and vegetable shop. The goods of such a quality that you will wish you lived next door.

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Very sadly, the owners of this delightful centre are retiring, and with no-one willing to take it on, it will be closing its doors for the last time on the 5th November, and I’m sure, will be sorely missed by the local community. So, if you have the chance, and are in the area, make a trip here, even if just to marvel at such an extraordinary collection of Autumnal vegetables, as it seems many there were doing. I don’t blame them one bit.

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