Brown is the New Green

In most gardens green is good.  Brown, not so much. That old saw gets turned on its ear, however when you’re drying birdhouse gourds.

I planted these gourds from seed for the first time last summer. Adorable green mini-gourds came and went, but in the end only two grew to full size. Then the cold weather set in and that was that.

green birdhouse gourds

The Birdhouse Gourds Twins

I brought ‘the gourd twins’ inside thinking the forced-air heating would speed up the drying process. You can’t rush nature so I did the next best thing: I dressed them up in scarves, moved them around as household decor, and eventually set them on top of a cabinet to dry undisturbed.

birdhouse gourds with scarves

Cozy gourds settling in for the winter

A few weeks ago, my son came to me and said “Mom, I don’t think you’re going to like this.”  He assumed they had gone bad.  In this case, brown is good.  It means the gourds are finally dry and ready for crafting.

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Of course, now I’m afraid to make my move.  I want to use one of the twins for its intended purpose: a birdhouse.  To do that, I need to drill a hole.

What if it cracks?

What if it snaps?

What if “I” make the hole too big?

Truth be told, my husband is the power tool guy around here, so he’ll be doing the drilling with me hovering nearby like the nervous new mom that I am.  Let’s face it: I’ve waited nine months for these twins.  I don’t want to mess this up.

The second gourd, if all goes well, will be welcoming garden fairies.  I don’t really have an heir and a spare. I’ll be pressing both gourds into service.  That’s a lot of pressure resting on their sloping shoulders.  Let’s hope we are all up to the task.

 

15 thoughts on “Brown is the New Green

    • I figured that if they were going to hang out in the house for awhile, they may as well put on a few layers and make themselves at home.

      My youngest son also loves the garden and observes many things with a keen eye. I’m luck to have both of them.

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  1. Look at who’s photo-bombing your gourds ! Hi Lindy ! HAha! She’s thinking, “good grief, what is she up to now?”

    Man o’ man, you have to have some patience for this project. It seems like forever since you had those in the garden. I’ll have my fingers crossed….steady as she goes. Can’t wait to see what you do in the fairy garden. I’ve seen some cute things in Pinterest.

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