As it happens, I love table arrangements. I come by it genetically from my mother and both grandmothers. Years ago, in flower shows put on by the local garden club, table settings was my favorite category. I can't explain it. So I hustled out and gathered up three nice looking specimens of the weird green fruit and put them in a bag under the sink.
Of course, I had been seeing white pumpkins of all shapes and sizes all fall. So for the next two weeks I kept an eye out for some small ones. Either real or artificial. Nada. Yesterday after hitting several craft stores, I decided if I found orange ones, I could paint them. So that's what I did.
Simple, right? Well, not difficult, but requiring three coats to cover and you can only do half of each pumpkin at one time. Meanwhile, I also found three very small real ones in a basket of gourds at the grocery store, picked up a small whitish Hubbard squash, and added some green apples. I was, as we used to say, cookin' with gas. The result is pleasing enough, although the green hydrangeas that I decided to include are a little large.
And the hedge apples that started it all? They are in there but mostly hidden because they kind of turned brown under the sink.