If you’ve been a regular visitor here, you’ll know about my gripe with my winged bean vines. I grew 6 of them early last year and waited months and months before they started flowering, then a few more months before the first beans appeared – in sporadic ones and twos…
There were occasional good harvests that I crowed about – but they were few and far between.
And there were casualties along the way – there are only 2 plants left.
I don’t know if it’s the fact that there are fewer plants crowding the ground or whether it’s the weather at this time of year, but the vines suddenly burst into bloom just after the New Year, and we’ve just had the best harvest to date. Clusters of pretty bonnet-like lilac flowers were all over the trellis, soon followed by clusters of frilly green winged beans. The sight made me want to burst with joy!
Of course, nothing ever goes smoothly in a garden, and some sneaky black aphids managed to claim a few beans while I was waiting for the beans to grow bigger. Well, I’ve learnt to roll with the blows and am not getting too upset. After all, we got more than they did!