Samhain, oak trees & chickweed

Samhain - A traditional Gaelic festival. It marks the halfway point between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. The end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter. 

Here in the southern hemisphere, Samhain falls on the last day of April/1st of May. In the northern hemisphere it falls on the 31st of October/1st November. All hallows eve? Halloween! You're thinking of pumpkins right? Me too! 

This is the time of the year when the pumpkins you have been growing since spring are finally ready for harvest, they can be picked and stored ready to be turned into pumpkin soup to keep you cosy through winter. 

My pumpkins didn't get the memo. 

I have not planted any pumpkins in my relatively small garden, though the entire thing is full of huge pumpkin plants! They have just popped up by themselves and started growing, I assume from seeds hidden in the compost.  

Since they were not planted at the beginning of spring like any resonable pumpkin, they aren't ready for the pumpkin harvest festival.

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