Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pumpkins Galore!

This way to the best Pumpkin Patch ever!

Dinges Farms in Three Oaks, Michigan
Check out this link to see all the things they offer for all ages!
Mazes and Hayrides, a Haunted House and much more...
My kids would have loved this place when they were small...

Fields of gold along the way...

At the Dinges Farm Pumpkin Patch, there are pumpkins galore.

LeRoy and Elaine Dinges specialize in beautiful, unusual pumpkins.  
Even their traditional orange pumpkins 
are gorgeous, with shades of Fall splashed all over them.

 Love the names....

Fairytale.  I can see it.

A pretty topiary using three colors.  
The middle one is "Porcelain Doll".

Not sure if you can read the name on these pumpkins, but it is "Lunch Lady"! 
Who thinks these things up?  And Why?

 Gorgeous, smooth green gourds.

 And a gaggle of green goose-y gourds...

 Lumina pumpkins, aptly named....

I love this yellow pumpkin...  so subtle and different.

 These are just plain amazing.  Great stems, cool colors and so organic...

At Dinges, you can also cut your own Zinnias and Concord Grapes.
There is no holding me back when I get there.  
I lose all self control and bring home armloads of zinnias and bags of grapes.  
The bounty of Fall.  Miraculous.

 Fields of zinnias, 15 stems for $4.00.  I can't resist. 

Each flower is an intricate blend of unique shapes and sizes and colors.

And the grapes... 
you have never tasted true Concord grape flavor until you try one of these. 

 I bought tons of grapes, fancying myself a "Pioneer Woman", 
making jelly for everyone.

Well, let's just say, I make a delicious grape syrup.  It just didn't "Jell".  
 It still tastes great on pancakes and ice cream and yogurt.

Anyone have a surefire recipe for making jelly?
I would love to know what the secret is....

This blue Dinges farm truck is classic.
The color sure pops.


Fall at the Pumpkin Patch.
Just Grand.

Linking to:
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Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
All Star Block Party at In the Old Road 
Fall Festival at DIY Showoff
Fall Into Fall Party at DIY by Design
Uncommonly Yours Link Party at Uncommon Designs
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Inspiration Friday at the Picket Fence
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense 
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
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  1. I have never seen Goose-y Gourds before.
    Happy Fall,

  2. What a fantastic pumpkin patch!!!

  3. What a delightful place to spend a fall day! I think I need a couple of goosey gourds. ~ Maureen

  4. Erin - I used to make jelly with "surejel" (sp?) it's guaranteed to "jel" - effortless. Made a lot in Alabama in the 70s of Muscadine jelly. Back here in Delaware, Fall is in the air and the sun is lower casting lovely shades of gold later in the afternoons. My weather!! I may just have to go out and buy a pumpkin! (if I can find one...) A.C.

  5. Now this is my kind of pumpkin patch! I would love to bring home a few white ones. :)

  6. Love the pumpkin patch! The pumpkins are so wonderful looking! Love that they have so many cool varieties.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a wonderful week.

  7. Oh wow! Wonderful pumpkin patch! Thank you so much for sharing your pictures.

  8. Wow. What a great pumpkin patch. I can't believe you can also pick your own zinnias and grapes. Absolutely beautiful pictures, as usual.

  9. Pectin is the key to jelly. I think the brand name is Certo in grocery stores. Some berries, like the Thimbleberries we pick in the UP, contain their own pectin and will jell automatically. Most berries require Certo to jell!
    Gail Ellenbaum

  10. Awesome punkin' patch!! I can't wait to go visit ours!!! Cheers~Deanna

  11. Looks like a great start to the fall season. Love your second home and what a gorgeous view. Haven't explorered the Three Oakes area at all yet. Have been wanting to get up there, as well as St Joseph and explore. We have been to Mackinac Island and have vacationed four times around the Holland and Saugatuck area. I would love to find a small lakefront property on one of the inland lakes in the near future, meanwhile I will drool at your beautiful pictures of your sweet getaway. Sorry about the grape jelly. I have made Strawberry Rhubarb before and always used sure jell. Good luck on your next batch.

  12. It's pumpkin paradise! Can you sent me some of those? ;) Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  13. I am SO jealous that you live near pumpkin/grape/zinnia mecca! The pictures are lovely. I had no idea there were so many kinds of pumpkins! It almost makes me want to hop in the car and drive (for days) to Dinges Farm right now.

  14. What a great fall post and gorgeous photos! I cannot believe all that variety! Its awesome / I enjoyed the trip :)

  15. Oh, I just love the variety of pumpkins! The names are fantastic - I'll have to see if the Pumpkin Patches here compare! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  16. Wow-so many stunning fall pics! I'm your newest follower and I'd love you to visit :)


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