There’s an old adage about gardening that I fully subscribe to – grow what you like to eat! For us, that means lots of fresh beans.
Here are two of my new-time favourites.
Dragon Tongue Bush Beans – a beautiful Dutch heirloom variety that is perfect to eat fresh or preserved, or even as dried beans. When the beans turn from lime green to yellow with their bright purple stripes, they are ready to go.
Purple Peacock Pole Beans – Twining stems, light purple flowers and dark purple pods. A striking plant that provides a wonderful garden screen. This variety handles cool conditions well. The pods keep their flavour and tenderness even when very long. Don’t get too attached to the colour though – they turn green when you cook them.
Scarlett Runners are the old timers in our garden. We’ve been collecting our own seeds and growing a tepee trellis full of these beans for years now. The flowers are pretty and the vines are vigorous but for an optimal taste experience, get those beans before they get too big!
We also grow Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans – this type of bean has been grown by gardeners since 1864. Popular due to its vigour and fine heirloom flavour. I’ve gathered the brown-seeds and dried them for planting the following year with great success. You can see them growing in the picture below on the tepee trellis at the back of our under-the-clothes-line section of the garden. Just coming into flower now, we won’t be eating these until a bit later in the season.
For the gardening enthusiasts, we grow in zone 8 to 9 here on Northern Vancouver Island and the varieties of beans I’ve mentioned will produce from early August through late September.
Back to the garden for me. These days I am hosting grandkids, friends and family and enjoying the beauty of the summer days here at the lake. Not writing yet but all experiences nurture the storylines brewing away in my mind. Stay tuned for more on all of the above and adventures from that Crater Lake gang.
What an inspiring gardenscape you’ve created on an already enchanting wild landscape. And yes, the days are good for brewing storylines. Thanks you for sharing glimpses into your beautiful world.
Sorry for such a delay in getting to an answer to such wonderful comments. Busy with this enchanting wild landscape, for sure. Time in a garden is never time wasted. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
That first picture is luscious! I love the colors. You seem to be an excellent gardener. And I like the colorful frames things grow on.
Those purple peacock pole beans have been such a treat. Beautiful to look at, heavy producers and great taste and texture. Can’t wait to grow them again next year.
I love beans but usually only grow scarlet runners. Your garden is looking wonderful, and bountiful.
Many thanks. We are enjoying the wild landscape we have created with the help of the various elements.
My garden is on my deck this year and I have beans. I thought yellow wax beans but then they started to climb. Yellow pole beans, who knew! They are climbing the strings I put up, right into the trees.
Oh, for the wonder of beans. What can I say? Except – vertical growing is a great way to expand your reach (get the pun) in a deck garden. Enjoy 🙂
They are way up there now. I’ll harvest them with a good tug on the string and make baked beans. So great to hear from you!