Saturday 5 November 2016

5 in 5 - November 2016 - Pumpkin Patch

Welcome to '5 in 5' where on the 5th of
each month I post 5 photos that I have
taken in 5 minutes.

Where did October go to?  With a blink of an eye another month has gone and with it Halloween.  But it's not too late to show these photos, especially as the story of this pumpkin may be around for a little longer...

At the beginning of October the pumpkin was taken to Southampton for weighing. This was no doubt an anxious time for Matthew Oliver and others concerned, but it was a success! The pumpkin achieved a new UK record for the heaviest outdoor grown pumpkin at 1,333.8 lbs or over 95 stone!! 

As well as the giant pumpkin there was a display of other pumpkins and gourds, 66 varieties in total. There was so many different shapes, sizes and colours. 
The large pumpkins in the back were apparently  bought as a packet of seeds from USA costing £10, so if you want to have a go at growing a giant pumpkin yourself this is your chance! 

News of the champion pumpkin reached national newspapers and the reason the story continues?  Rumour has it that the giant pumpkin along with it's 3 counterparts, will be cut open, hollowed out, then turned into boats!  Initially it was planned they would be floated on the lake at Hyde Hall, but on my visit to the garden I was told they are now planning to float these down the River Chelmer. I am keeping my ears open for news as I would love to see this event.  If I do, I'll be sure to come back with photos.

It is always fun to have company in this photo challenge so a big thank you to Maggie, Melanie, Miriam, Karen and Borqna for taking part last month. And to all those who visited and left comments.

And YOU would be very welcome to join in too, so I hope you are inspired to get out your camera. Here is the plan:

1.  Choose a location.

2.  Have your camera ready.

3.  Set a timer for 5 minutes (I use my mobile phone).

4.  Take as many photos you can until the time is up.

5.  Choose 5 photos to download and share by using the link tool below.
                              You have until the 25th of the month to add your photos.

There are more details here.

Thank you for visiting and if you any seasonal stories to tell do leave a comment or link back here with 5 photos.


  1. Fabulous photos and really interesting information

  2. Great photos and story Sandie!

  3. What a brilliant 5 for November Sandie. I had heard about cutting these giant pumpkins in half to make a kind of coracle I just couldn't picture it until now. I'll post my five on Monday x

  4. Amazing! How did it get to be the 5th already? I could have taken my photos today if only the whole thing had registered with me. I'll be back before too long.

  5. There are some interesting shape pumpkins there. I note dried blood was one of the fertilisers used which seems quite appropriate for Halloween. Look forward to the photos of the boats!

  6. Holy Pie those are big pumpkins. Having attempted to grow pumpkins along with Lady Ella a couple of summers ago, I know how much effort & care it takes to get these creations to grow. WOW. Great fun Sandie.

  7. I do like the idea of a pumpkin boat. We tried to grow pumpkins here a couple of years ago, without much luck..that is one big pumpkin achievement!


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