Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Finally some rain!

We are finally getting some much needed rain today. Not alot, but every little bit helps.
Speaking of helping, the deer "helped" my hyacynth bean vine turn into sort of a topiary! There are not so many of the leaves left near the bottom and all the blooms and pods are at the top, I guess they can't reach that far.
When I was growing up, my grandmother always called this the "Thomas Jefferson" bean vine. She said that was what they were always called when her mother grew them. I haven't done any research on this plant. Maybe Thomas Jefferson brought the seeds to America from one of his trips out of the country.

By the way, the seed that I use to plant my TJ bean vine has been passed on from at least my great grandmother to me. Each year I save seeds from my plant for the next. I would hate to be the one to forget to save the seed! Not after 4 generations!
Hope everyone is having a great day!


Kim from "HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs" said...

Hi Linda, that is amazing that the seeds have been handed down for so many generations...what a treasure!

Tami said...

How cool! That is a great momento of generations past.

PEA said...

I love the idea of certain seeds being passed down from generation to generation! No, you wouldn't want to be the one to forget! lol xox

Andrea said...

We had a light shower but we need a lot more rain.

That is a good idea about saving the seeds.

Kelli said...

How wonderful to be getting rain, Linda! Your Hyacynth bean vine is gorgeous!


Trudi A said...

The deer ate my burning bushes down to nothin on winter, I just about died when I saw them. Not familiar with your vine, but it's pretty.

Myrna said...

Now that is a true family heirloom plant--four generations! Pretty, too.

~ Janice ~ said...

I like the vine and have always wondered how plants get their names. I like your idea of how that might have become the Thomas Jefferson vine. Keep those seeds saved and passed down! :o) What a wonderful family tradition!

Judy said...

I love the heritage seed idea! I found some seeds my grandmother collected in the drawer of her old singer sewing machine. I have no idea what they are and I'm not sure they'll germinate after forty (plus)years, but I think I'll give it a try.