October is the time of year when ordinary, rational people lose all perspective and go nuts over pumpkins. Naturally, we at Southern Living enjoying fanning the flames of gourdomania, so you see pumpkins on the cover of every October issue. We also print pages on actual pumpkin paper that turn your skin permanently orange.
It’s pretty. It blooms at a time when few vines do. And you can smell its sweet, vanilla fragrance from yards away. But if you plant it, be forewarned. You’ll soon have it pretty much everywhere.
Grumpy knows what you’re thinking. “In all the rooms in all the houses in all the issues of Southern Living, I’ve never seen a toilet. Why? Do the people who own the houses that Southern Living photographs lack basic bodily functions? What’s the deal?”