Friday, June 18, 2004

Beanstalks and clothespoles

Turn your back and it grows while you're not looking. We're training hyacinth beans to grow up nylon netting to drape over an old T-bar clothes pole. The seeds for dolichos lablab are beautiful to look at, and they always germinate. Something about the plant is extremely attractive to pests, though, so many do not survive. We're still enjoying one larkspur plant, black-eyed susans, nasturtiums, thunbergia, coreopsis, and an astonishing number of blooming Drummond phlox plants, but right now what we go out to check every day is the progress of hyacinth beans.


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