As an experiment this year, I ordered some pole beans seeds from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
We’ve had an unusually cool summer, and guess what? I shoulda grown Blue Lakes or Kentucky Wonders again. The plants came up great, but simply didn’t have enough heat to really blossom.
However, I have a few beans.
Enough to at least see how they taste.
And though I don’t have many, they’re still pretty.
I still have blossoms, but I think cold weather will hit before I have beans.
I’m disappointed, because I adore picking beans! There’s just something about snapping them off among the forest of leaves that brings such satisfaction to me. It’s kinda like a treasure hunt trying to find them. Sometimes I think I’ve gotten them all, but go back and find I’ve missed a whole bunch! And then eating them just-steamed a little later…. ho da ono!!
This year, I will have to savor the few that I have, and know that they came from back home. At least I have that.
Well, I got a surprise. I went out to check on the beans, and guess what? I have baby ones! This one is just emerging from its blossom! It looks big, but in reality, it’s only about 1/4″ long.
Here’s another tiny one.
And two more! I really need something to show the scale of these. They really are manini!
I love the purple in this blossom.
So long as this warm weather holds, I may get more lidis!
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