Evening is, by far, my favorite time to wander in the garden. The air is calm and cool and I enjoy the fading light, the setting sun, the quiet buzz of the hummingbirds, the rustling of the raspy cucumber leaves. A highlight of my evening walks is finding garden treasures to show to my children. I guide them to the gourds, where they discover the new, fuzzy beginnings of a birdhouse.
Or, let them “find” the bright yellow beans that lay under the foliage.
And quite possibly, the smallest tomatoes known to mankind. I leave (most of) those on the vine as well, for surely they need to be eaten for breakfast tomorrow. Tiny fingers adore tiny tomatoes.
But, sometimes, I do stage a few treasures, just for my babies benefit. One undiscovered secret is waiting, hidden among large spiny leaves.
The Cinderella pumpkin has a few secrets to share, and this mama can hardly wait for the little eyes and hands to discover them.