gourds drying on a trellis

A menagerie of drying gourds left from this year’s hanging garden

Autumn is well upon us and the plants in the garden know it. The gourd plants in the hanging garden petered out in mid-September and as the leaves and vines die back, they reveal a wide variety of gourds — bottle, birdhouse, bowl, dipper, and luffa — hanging around drying and waiting to be picked.

I’ll leave them in place a while longer while I figure out what to do with them.