Summer is going way too fast this year. How can I make it slow down?
My gardens are growing fast too. We first picked green beans on Friday, June 13th. And, I've got my eye on some yard long beans that are sprouting quickly.
Yes, I am growing yard long beans. The seeds were given to me by a gourmet neighbor. She insists that you've never eaten a green bean until you've tried one of these.
Here I am, about a month ago. I fretted
about my garden every day. Everything was so tiny then.
Now, the yard long bean vines are huge! I'm trying vertical gardening this year and these vines are bigger than everything else in the garden. They're growing up an old piece of ornate wrought iron fence.
Look at the difference after almost a month.
My vegetables might even be prize winners this year!
We've planted some beautiful new pieces in our landscape beds this year. One unusual item is a large pot of Night Blooming flowers (Cereus.) We haven't gotten any blooms yet, but I understand they are so fragrant, it will knock you over.
We're also planting Jacinta Bean Vines again. This is my favorite unusual twining vine. It's strictly ornamental, despite the name.
The foliage is dark, olive green. The spring/summer flowers are light purple. Then, the late summer/fall bean pods are a dark eggplant color.
Here's a picture of my Jacinta Bean Vines from late last summer. They were gorgeous.
I harvest the beans from pods in the late fall. These seeds were originally given to us by a co-worker, many years ago. I've never seen them for sale in any seed catalog or nursery.
However, if you're interested, I'm willing to share. Come by the office and I'm happy to give you enough seeds to start your own beautiful vines.
The vines crept over my white picket fence. The flowers were so pretty.
I wish I had taken pictures of the purple pods from last fall.
We'll keep you apprised of my vertical gardening efforts as the summer goes on. And, if I have a bumper crop of anything, I'll let you know.
How's this for an advertising slogan? "Free tomatoes while we weed your gardens!" Hmmm...might need to work on that a little more.