Now all this Summer I had been thinking that all those volunteer pumpkins were Queensland Blue
. But it is hard to keep track of which rambling vine belongs to which plant when they are busy rambling over each other, across paths, up drainpipes and into trees! I have now come to the conclusion that these are Crown Prince Squash
. Still a wonderful Winter squash and a great keeper. They are a lighter, steely blue colour with a flattened round shape.
Compare those to the real Queensland Blue
which came out of a labelled packet. Darker blue-green with definite flat shoulders at the top. Still a brilliant Winter keeper. If the skins are cured well they will last all Winter and way beyond into next Summer.
So bring them indoors in a warm, dry, light place to harden up.