Peas & Beans (2017)

This is a super low-photo post, but I hope to update you all once things start growing.


Initially, I planned to get the Peas sown around the beginning of May (as they can take a little cold and frost). But, as you can tell, I’m writing this post on May 22, and I just finally got around to sticking them into the ground yesterday.

I was going to sow a few different varieties. I do have a good collection of seed to pick and choose from. However, I stopped myself at 2 varieties because I was struggling to find homes for them all. I had some self seeded peas popping up, conveniently right where I wanted to put a little tee-pee. Since they are probably ‘Sugar Snap’, I sowed more ‘Sugar Snap’ around them.

The second variety is ‘Blauwschokkers Blue Podded Pea‘. I grew them last year, and while they are not the best tasting pea, they are beautiful. Plus, to give them the benefit of the doubt, I never got around to tasting them as a mature, podded pea.


Since I never got around to sowing any Beans last year, I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss them this year. Beans are one of my favourite garden treats. I sowed 4 different climbing/Pole varieties, and 2 different bush varieties. Since some of my seed is quite old, I over seeded in the hopes of good germination.

Bean Varieties this year (and some quick notes in the brackets):

  • ‘Enorma’ Runner Bean (green with HUGE pods, if you let them grow)
  • ‘Cobra’ French Climbing Bean (green beans… delicious taste, lots of beans)
  • ‘Trofino Violetta’ Pole Bean (beautiful purple beans. Personal Favourite)
  • ‘Scarlet Emperor’ Runner Bean (green beans, large pods if you let them grow….with beautiful red flowers)
  • ‘Royal Burgundy’ Bush Bean (deep purple, good taste, LOTS of beans)
  • ‘Gold Rush’ Bush Bean (yellow beans… First year growing them)

I am always amazed at how different beans are. Since my hands were covered in dirt, I didn’t manage to get a photo to show you just how different they all were, although I wanted to. I would recommend grabbing a few different kinds of beans for your own garden. You can grow a rainbow of varieties. You’ll never want beans from the store after you have grown your own. Bonus… they are one of the easiest things to grow.

Sometimes getting photos is hard when the feline is starved for attention. Such a good helper-cat. 😉

Someday I will have a HUGE garden where I can have more than a handful of each plant.


Climbing Flowers for 2014

On the 19th of May, I sowed some of the climbing flowers that will be adorning my shed this summer. Or at least I hope they will be, my fingers are crossed that they appear soon.

Sweet Peas – These are beautiful and simple. When I was a little girl, one year I decided I wanted to put flowers all along the fence by my bedroom window. My mom, knowing a little something about direction (it was facing NE), and the sun (shaded by the neighbors house), knew that not a whole lot would grow there… especially since it was also a favorite outdoor litter box of our cat Sarah. But she let me plant sweet peas. And some did come up! They may not have been the beautiful specimens on the seed package, but I put them in the ground, and they grew. Needless to say, since they were the first seed I ever planted, and they grew despite the less than ideal conditions, I have a soft spot for sweet peas.

In my nostalgia, I picked out 3 different packs of sweet peas.

The first, is ‘Spencer Giant Mixture’ which is described as “A beautiful mixture of sweetly scented flowers, widely used for flower arrangements and garden decorations.”

My next pick was ‘Royal Family Mix’, described as “Long sturdy stems are loaded with huge, tissue-like, ruffled and fragrant flowers. Long lasting blooms in a colorful range of purples, pinks, reds, and white are ideal for trellises.” However, I did forget to add this packet into the picture with the other two.

And last, but not least (because I think it is my favorite), is ‘Ocean Foam’, which they describe as: “This extraordinary wave of beautiful colors in ocean-like shades of blue and cream is a wonderful choice to add a soft peaceful warmth to your garden. From the heirloom Old Spice series, these exquisitely scented sweet peas will delight all summer long.” Does that not sound amazing? I can’t wait!

To mix it up a little, I also picked up some ‘Heavenly Blue’ Morning Glory seed. This is one of the things I have yet to grow successfully, so I thought I would give it another shot. BUT until now, I have not had a proper place for them. Fingers crossed that they will grow beautifully this year.


Have you heard of Moonflowers? Apparently they produce huge white blossoms that can get up to six inches across! The flowers open in the evening, and then close the next morning. I can’t wait to see these, I think they will be beautiful. Apparently they can be grown in part sun as well, so I may try to get some to grow up the tree in the front.

There will also be a couple of Scarlet Runner Beans as well, so I should get some beans to eat, and lots of beautiful flowers to admire and smell. Hopefully the bees and butterflies, and other beneficial insects will move in.