Last summer Poppiholla decided to grow a gourd. She grew the plants from seed which were tended with great care until eventually, after sun and rain, we were rewarded with some beautiful bright yellow trumpet flowers. Poppi tickled the flowers with a tiny feather to make sure that the fruit would set and then we waited. After more sun and rain the plants grew curly and strong - soon the fruit began to swell. We discovered that tiny gourds need lots of coaxing to grow, as well as a comfy straw bed to rest on, so Poppiholla spent lots of time telling them stories of great and small things, of happy times, enchanted lands and sun and rain. She sang plump songs and green curly songs and played juicy tunes on her violin full of bright sun and warm wet rain. They grew and grew until they measured a mighty 4 inches round !
(Now I know what u are thinkin that that is very small - but when u are only 4 inches tall like Poppi it's actually very big.)
On a warm glowing day at the end of August two gourds, one a beautiful buttery yellow the other with stripes of lime, were carefully picked and loaded onto Poppihollas cart just in time for the fairy garden show. Moonflower awarded the prizes and not surprisingly Poppihollas stripey gourd came first in the decorative gourd section!
I keep the gourds on my kitchen windowsill to remind me of Poppis newly found green fingers and her big acheivement in the world of fairy gardening!