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There's no rule that says pumpkins have to be orange

Last week I bought some white pumpkins. Not large ones for carving but a few smaller ones to add a touch of fall.

It felt a little weird walking past all the orange pumpkins at the garden center – were they glaring at me? – but I found myself drawn to the white ones, some of which were more creamy colored than others.

White pumpkins and gourds are hardly new. I first wrote about them 13 years ago when I began seeing them everywhere in decorating magazines and decided to do a little research.

“I found out that white pumpkins – one popular variety is Lumina – have caught on in the last few years (so have their faux imitations),” I wrote back then.

I also learned that white pumpkins were being grown in England as well as here, with one variety called the “snowman pumpkin.”

“I can see it really taking off over here,” one fan told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph at the time.

And it certainly took off here. Now they seem much more prevalent, with faux ones available at craft stores.

“I like that they are different, out of the ordinary. I like them mixed with gourds; there are so many pretty gourds in different colors, shapes and textures. You can get a nice mix of fall colors beyond just fluorescent orange,” said local interior designer Sandy Nelson of Designs of the Times.

“White pumpkins also show up beautifully against a dark house,” she added, noting that they work well with her dark red brick home.

Online and in magazines, I’ve seen tall white pumpkins decorated with fancy black monograms. Pumpkins glitzed up with button-size glitter decals. Another white pumpkin had gold polka dots glued to its surface and gold-hued leaves attached to its stem, around which a black ribbon was also added. And Better Homes and Gardens showed seven white pumpkins in various shapes and sizes on a mantel mixed with a few smaller decorative gold pumpkins and greenery.

At our house, I kept things pretty simple. I lined up three white pumpkins in the empty space above one of our white kitchen cabinets. And I placed a couple others next to a green pot of white mums on the glass-top coffee table that is still on the patio.

The pumpkins look quite nice with our white wicker furniture, green-and-white striped cushions and green awning – all of which will go into storage later this month.

Of course there are other varieties of pumpkins out there in interesting colors and shapes, some with unique ribbing and other textures.

But, a few years late to the trend, I have been admiring the white ones.

Will I stick with only white pumpkins from now on? After all, I prefer candles white, towels white and dinner plates white.

Of course not. But it has been fun branching out a little and trying something new.

New to me, anyway.

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