On my mind today are my Scarlet Runner Beans.
Last year the Scarlet Runner Beans that I planted never came up (I think they got drowned in all the rain, plus mowed down by slugs), but this year this is what they look like two weeks after planting! The seeds are from my mom, who always plants them along the walkway in front of the house, where they climb up along the beams and create shade, plus they are just beautiful plants. I need to get out and make a string trellis for mine, from the top of the fence so they have something to easily climb. Scarlet Runner Beans can grow six or seven feet high, and they have gorgeous bright red blossoms and huge pods. The dry beans are beautiful, big and black, mottled in purple.