Every year I dutifully plant pumpkins, and after many gallons of water and fertilizer end with a couple tiny shriveled pumpkins. The plants this year were out of control and looks like I have five healthy pumpkins on the vine that are just starting to turn orange (although one is a variegated green and spotted yellow variety). Mind you in California were in the worst drought in recorded history, and this was one of the hottest summers on record. These poor pumpkins got very little water but are surviving. I hope they thrive in the next two months.