Shades Of Royalty

On this day a few decades ago, my wonderful sister, Meg, was born. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of my favorite people on this planet. Queen for a day!

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It’s the start of harvest for our purple podded pole beans, and they couldn’t be lovelier. Photos tell the story.

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These mature on the vine from green to purple but remain green inside, and return to green when cooked. Their purple tone is a helpful indicator of ripeness, and they are so easy to spot for picking! From my supplier, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: “This delicious heirloom was discovered in the Ozark mountains by Henry Fields in the 1930’s and is still requested by many old-timers of this region. The pods are bright purple, stringless, and tender. Plants grow to 6’ and produce heavy yields.”

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Another purple beauty in the garden near the hot tub is this transplanted clematis. It adds a dash of brightness to the otherwise drab chainlink (deer deterrent) fence.

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