To Sleep on a Petal

How refreshing it must be to sleep on a petal. Spend your first wakening hour in the garden and you may see a fly or bee which is still wakening from spending a soft night on a sweet blossom. It might even be a recommendation in books bugs read. “You’ll wake up more rested if you sleep on a flower.” I could see some fly making that recommendation, along with a lively, heated discussion as to which flowers make the best bug beds.

The rising sun sets the onion flowers aglow. Every onion you eat was at one time a beautiful flower catching the morning sun. I do know that onion flower heads do not make good bug beds. Onion flower heads are great places for spiders to hide, and I’ve seen many a bug make the mistake of landing on an onion flower head only to be gobbled up by a lurking spider.

The corn is ripening, their tassels turning brown. I like the ones with the bright purple punk hair tassels.

This year I’ve had success growing white flower beans 白花豆 among the corn. Among the lower portions of the stalks, the bean pods are coming in thick. A few years back, I didn’t have much luck planting white flower beans among the corn. This year I planted the corn first, and let it get a foot tall or so before planting the beans, so that when they sprouted, the beans had something to climb. It’s much easier having a scaffolding that grows, than setting up a scaffolding for the beans to climb. In the fall when harvest is done, I’ll cut the corn stalks, and let the corn stalks and bean vines tumble to the ground to compost in place, and I won’t have to deal with ripping the dried bean vines off the scaffolding and putting it away for winter.

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1 Response to To Sleep on a Petal

  1. Cindy says:

    Last year my 6 and 8 year old grandsons and I grew a Three Sisters Garden with Kulli corn, Christmas Lima beans and pumpkins. The idea behind it is that the beans put nitrogen in the soil that the corn likes while the corn provides a structure for the beans to climb and the pumpkin (or squash) leaves discourage raccoons. The corn grew about 14 feet high with bean vines intertwined throughout and the pumpkins sprawled around the perimeter. The only problem is that when the winds picked up in the fall, the whole garden plot looked like it would blow away. I had to tie off the corn to a fence. I agree that it’s easier than staking. Lovely photos by the way.

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