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Gourds - Mini Pumpkins

Autumn is here and with it comes lovely colourful gourds and mini pumpkins.There are hundreds of species of gourds divided into 3 groups and the cute, colorful little ornamental gourds that make good decorations are from the Cucurbita pepo group. They are closely related to pumpkins, summer squashes, and some winter squashes such as acorn and delicata. Gourds are generally extremely bitter and not edible but are great for decoration. Placed simply on a shelf or in a bowl or used as part of a more elaborate table centre they add perfect seasonal style to your home. Before you buy, check that the shell is hard and there are no soft parts as this could mean it has started to decompose. They last pretty well...

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Christmas Wreaths

It's that time of year again and we are now taking orders for Christmas wreaths here at Birksen. You can order online or come into the shop and choose from the vast selection of designs and sizes on offer.   Did you know the wreath is an invitation to the spirit of Christmas to enter the home and bring good luck, suggesting also that the Christmas spirit dwells within?  No, neither did we!  You can read more about the history of the wreath in this interesting article published in The New York Times  

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