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January 27, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

What goes with orange that will not go?


Two men and a woman at a desk. Librarians in New South Wales, 1943. (USPD., released/OTRS/

“Yes, it is abnormal – supernatural, even. Could these possibly be connected to the nightly mysterious, drone swarms over Colorado and Nebraska? We must insist on a Congressional investigation!”(USPD/

Scarlet: just another word for “should be dead”.

Managed to plausibly excuse explain the Christmas poinsettia still on the porch so far:

Lucky “Red” slipped past recently as Lunar New Years celebration.  (Even an HOA is hesitant to say anything that contains a hint of not accepting diversity).

With all the red for Valentines, we’re probably safely planted until February 15th.

But then…what goes with orange?

Yes, the alien pumpkins are still on the porch.

No squirrel shows the slightest interest in them.

Not one fuzzy trace of mold despite we broke a long standing 100 year old record for rainy January weather.

No mushy. No sign of past their prime.

The longevity of these pumpkins astounding. We should sell tickets. Enter Gluiness Book of records. Pay some garbage man under the table.

Now the Poinsettia isn’t showing the same determination to survive. Looking a little weary as the weather is becoming beachy warm. In other words, the flowers look normal.

Being wary of simply telling a living thing, “OK. We’re done with you. Out with the trash. I can’t hear you so stop”, mid January normally means relocating the Christmas poinsettia to the magic plant rehab zone in the backyard and forgetting about it for months.

That shady spot behind the hedge must be some ancient healing zone. Strangely, any looks-dead-to-me plant placed there will not only revive, but thrive and be showily ready to resume a place center front. I have far too many poinsettia plants. Years worth. They are just too determined to live.

Sigh. Plants and animals – if they make it to our door, they are pretty much guaranteed to live far longer than they ever should. There was that school guinea pig…and do not even mention the tiny gold fish “won” at the school carnival and carried home in a baggie.

Pumpkins on porch with poinsettia.Still there. (© image. Copyrighted, No permissions granted. All rights reserved)

See? Still there. Oh, I know, the polar bear solar light, too. Look, the red ribbon on it makes the bear good until Valentines, right? (© image)

So here’s the deal: Since the pumpkins apparently have adopted us, once the red is gone, what goes with orange? 

A nice pot of white Daisies perhaps – as in pushing up…

Any chance the pumpkins might take daisies as a subtle hint?

One can always hope.

As the plant-based invasion continues, looking for suggestions for pumpkin mates/ porch decor.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.




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  1. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Jan 27 2020 2:34 pm

    Hmmmmmm, if the poinsettia will be going to your special rehab in a few weeks, how about some quick painting (camouflage?) to turn the smaller into a basket (add some plastic eggs filled with sand/gravel) and the larger into an appropriately happy bunny (add ears)? Surely by then some decomp will have begun! Or – send them up to me (in Estes) and some bunny, turkey, elk, or deer passing by might take interest 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2020 7:16 pm

      Now there’s some real options…we could do purple, gold, and green for Mardi gras and green shamrock paint for St Patrick’s, too. Eventually paint them white and stack them up for a snow pumpkin man….Seriously who knows how long they will roll around? Thanks for making pumpkinade out of a potentially seedy situation!


  2. Anne Mehrling / Jan 27 2020 3:35 pm

    Maybe decorations come to your house, knowing they will be given a fair chance to live forever. Our pumpkins last year rotted before Thanksgiving, and our poinsettia has dropped all pretense of red. It’s now with other house plants and will probably go bushy green on the porch this summer.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2020 7:12 pm

      You may be right about the word spreading…like hobo signs? Still the cat is annoyed we have allowed veggie invaders to become porch squatters. I have to admit pumpkins are taking up a lot of room on the porch bench (You know we can fry eggs on concrete sometimes in summer, wonder if there’s any chance of baking pumpkins also outside a few months from now…) Thanks for slicing up a comment to leave


  3. Kate Crimmins / Jan 27 2020 5:16 pm

    My pumpkin deflated like a Christmas blow-up. It’s orange skin is on the ground in the back yard. The poinsettia (which was a small one) started to look leggy so it went. I’ve had them last through the summer but they never bloom red again. Just big green bushy plants. Sounds like there’s a lot of love at your house.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2020 7:08 pm

      You have a cooperative pumpkin that accepts its’ fate. But you apparently need a magic plant rehab spot – poinsettias stashed there until next Nov or so actually turn red again when brought back out. Quite mysterious. My dad once grew a poinsettia about 8 feet tall, but it never got red again. I think it has something to do with needing long periods of darkness in the fall…or magic healing spot Maybe I should rent out space there. HAHA
      Thanks for orange-ing a helpful comment

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  4. Curt Mekemson / Jan 27 2020 5:18 pm

    All hail the pumpkin! May it live on forever. 🙂 –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2020 7:02 pm

      It’s well on it’s way (insert Twilight Zone music here)
      Thanks for tuning in


      • Curt Mekemson / Jan 28 2020 2:47 pm

        I swear, my pumpkins always bite the bullet within a week or so of Halloween. Twilight music, indeed!


  5. shoreacres / Jan 27 2020 6:43 pm

    You’re Dutch, right? Yeh — that second cousin twice-removed who had a gr-gr-something who came from the Netherlands. Claim Dutch heritage, and you’re good to go until April 27, when the King’s Birthday is celebrated with orange-everything. You’re welcome!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 27 2020 7:01 pm

      There’s all that connection to England, Ireland, Scotland and Scotland with William (as with most of the royal houses in Europe), Yeah- That’ll work with heritage.(The couple across the street are German, so they’ll back me…they have their Christmas lights still around their tree – we can do common defense tactics!). All I need is a bunch of flags from Holland, Ireland, Scotland, England…oh, just a bunch…poke them into the pumpkins! Done. (Do you think they’ll make until summer solstice? These veggies are getting really disturbingly weird)
      Thanks for the assist!

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  6. easyweimaraner / Jan 28 2020 2:16 am

    orange is the new black like they said, so anything goes ;O)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 28 2020 7:31 am

      If that means mold has had a color change, I’m all for it! HAHA (Gads will they never deteriorate? Mush to the garbage!)
      Thanks for clueing me in…we can only hope…


  7. Littlesundog / Jan 28 2020 8:18 am

    I wish we knew the secret “lasting” qualities behind these pumpkins. Can I be the first in line for an order of pumpkin cream for a more youthful appearance… or at least a good stab at it??


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 28 2020 11:58 am

      OMG. I’d better trademark that pumpkin use now – and collect the seed. We could be rich! (will split the profits for deer rehab costs for your idea!)
      Thanks for cutting in line with a comment

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  8. Ally Bean / Jan 28 2020 9:02 am

    I’m going to suggest that any color will go with orange if you adopt a devil-may-care attitude about the situation. Of course, I’m all for splashes of spirited color so I find that with a neutral background all cheerful colors are welcome. Just me, you do you…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 28 2020 11:57 am

      Actually with the blue grey/foggy skies we’ve had all month and orange being the color wheel compliment to blue, the orange guys have been a bright spot…and a bit of smiley whimsical in the dreary. I have considered moving the lot of them to a backdrop of green, stacking them into a veggie-man since we don’t have snow. You can never enough garden sculpture around.
      Right now I’m thinking a fresh spring take with a big pot of white daisy type flowers as a pumpkin accessory….which would last for a bit until the sun rotates around – then nothing can survive in that spot with the heat and glare…probably even military grade pumpkins (June, maybe some blue haze flowers? They always look cool and survive in August…)
      Thanks for entering the veggie Twilight Zone with a comment

      Liked by 1 person

  9. cat9984 / Jan 29 2020 12:58 am

    Wow. Maybe those pumpkins are just spies for a huge vegetable invasion.



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