I planted the Scarlet Emperor Beans in peat pots on St. Patrick’s day, a few days earlier than in years past but not many. I don’t know if it’s all the love and care I bestowed upon their parents or because they are the progeny of the survivors of the Great Snow of September 2020, but these beans are challenging the infrastructure. I’ve never had beans grow so fast.
Four of them are already living in large pots and have had to go live in my studio where they only get afternoon light. Not enough, so they just get taller hoping to find some somewhere. The other seven are clinging to the east window but will soon outgrow their pots (featured photo). Today the large ones and I will begin the daily pilgrimages to the various gardens of the outside world but that’s not going to last long, either.
It’s been an unusually warm April and that’s part of the story here. But San Luis Valley spring is a tease and we can have a killing frost at any time. Two years ago on this day we got 12 inches of snow. And I still don’t know who they are, poets, bandits or beans. Anyway, in today’s Facebook memories was a photo of these beans grandparents, Hong Li.
Andrea, whose blog is One Letter Up, sent me an article sometime back about bean intelligence. It’s a fascinating article that discusses research that shows that beans have “intent,” in other words, they look for ways to support themselves. French Bean Plants Show Signs of Intent It made me think that my beans, particularly last year when I spent a lot of time with them, understood that I was helping them in their quest for altitude and the opportunity to make seeds. These current beans grew up with that awareness. It probably seems crazy but these beans just seem JOYFUL!
That said, I’d better start hauling them all outside to enjoy the morning sun.