Where can you buy white pumpkins? I think I first typed that phrase in to Google about five years ago after seeing piles of little white baby boos on stateside Instagram feeds. I found it so difficult to find a UK supplier that in the past I resorted to painting mini orange gourds with a coat of white paint and last year I even grew my own. They need a LOT of water if anyone gets tempted to do the same next year.
Lumina, baby boo, cotton candy, casper, albino pumpkin, ghost pumpkin are all varieties of white pumpkin or perhaps you favour one of the beautiful green or yellow gourds. Maybe classic orange is right up your street. Either way the purpose of this post is to create a thread of sources for UK decorative pumpkins.
This year is the first time I haven’t had to go out of my way to buy a little white pumpkin. I was at a nearby farm shop (Farndon Fields, if anyone is in the Market Harborough area) having brunch last week and in their display of pumpkins and gourds sat one, lone, teeny white pumpkin. 49p later it was sat on my kitchen shelf next to a hydrangea. What can I say, I’m an autumn instagram cliche.
Last year Charlotte, Mabel and our friends Lisa and Louis visited Wasperton Farm in Barford, near Warwick where there was an abundance of gourds, squash and pumpkins in every shade under the sun. I’ve read on their Facebook page that they’re moving to a new site but if you’re in the West Midlands and are in the market for more stylish take on your average halloween decor then it’s worth stopping by.
If you’re elsewhere in the country then check out the Pumpkin Patch listing to find one in your local area.
Years gone by I’ve bought mini orange pumpkins from my local florists. They’re generally more expensive than farms and supermarkets but are often beautifully displayed and really good quality too.
I’ve also bought green and yellow striped specimens from Aldi in the past. The supermarkets have upped their game in the squash stakes so I’d probably say this should be your first of port of call if you’re looking for a quirkier pumpkin as well as the regular orange variety.
If you didn’t realise you needed a pumpkin in your life then take a look at Lisa’s inspiration post from last year with heaps of ways to display autumn’s favourite vegetable.
Have you seen any decorative pumpkins in your neck of the woods? Do share where to buy and what produce you’ve been getting your hands on.
Image by WE ARE // THE CLARKES