What's not to love?
About the gourd...
Ah...the humble Lagenaria siceraria (aka L. bulgaris and L. leucantha). Research suggests the gourd dates back to ancient times when some savvy prehistoric fisherman converted it into a flotation device. Clever, eh? Over time, additional uses for this hard-shelled cousin of the cucumber were discovered: birdhouses, bird feeders, bowls, baskets, utensils, ceremonial rattles, musical instruments, drinking and eating vessels, jewelry, hats, lamps, coin banks (with or without the coins) and an endless array of decorative and utilitarian home and garden accessories.
Despite its humble and sometimes downright homely appearance, the gourd has become quite the collectible! How could it not? It is "at home" wherever it resides, --seaside cottage or urban balcony. Mountain mansion or suburban sunroom. It never complains; clogs the bathroom sink with hair; loses its car keys; deposits its dirty socks on the kitchen counter, or fights you for that last juicy jelly bean. Furthermore, it boasts sufficient stamina to endure chiseling, sawing, gluing, gouging, varnishing, sanding, polishing, drilling, dying, painting, spackling, --even wood-burning (ouch!) while still maintaining its healthy sense of self!
There is nothing like a gourd. There is no one gourd exactly like another . As unique as any human ever conceived, the gourd is easier to satisfy, cheaper to feed, --and with a seed viability that exceeds 340 days on the open sea! Now, what's not to love about that?
Click on the icons below to view the gallery of wonderful friends we've made (quite literally!) over the past few years.
You will note that some of our friends are ORPHANS desperately in need of a loving home (hint! hint!) If one of them appears to be talking to you...don't panic! It probably is. They talk to us all the time. Gourds are like that. This is a clear indication that you need to click on the "Holler at Me" button immediately and demand to purchase the rascally orphan that's pestering you. Your request will be honored just as immediately.
Should a former orphan or Gallery Resident, appear to be speaking to you...again, don't panic! They are as mouthy as their maker . Same drill! Click on the "Holler at Me" button and demand that we create a likeness for you! We will honor this request as quickly as we can. But plan ahead. The "gestation" period can run 4-6 weeks during the spring and summer seasons; 6-8 weeks during the fall and winter seasons.