Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Beans, berries and flowers

The purple beans are starting to form. The flowers are lovely. You can see the tiny bean with the remains of the blossom on the end of it. I'm pretty sure this is a purple Italian bean. I need to keep an eye on them and harvest regularly. That type of bean gets very fibrous if you let it get too old. Green beans are a great vegetable. You can pick them at about any size. If they get too big and stringy, shell them and just eat the beans inside.

The blackberries are in the first stages of ripening. They change to red and fill out some before darkening to black. When they are totally black, shiny and soft - they're ready.

The gladiolas are in full bloom. I'm not sure where these came from, but they are gorgeous. The edging varies a bit, some darker, some lighter, but they all have a yellow throat. Really stunning in a vase.

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