solid gold: ordering seed for flashy ‘green’ beans
ISEE A THREAD RUNNING THROUGH MY VEGETABLE-SEED ORDERS, and it’s made of gold. Though never a big fan of wax beans, I am strangely drawn to a couple of golden-podded beans this time around in the catalogs, and even one with golden leaves. This latest craving is making me do silly things like paint my green beans from last year’s photo, above (forgive me!) and order things like these:
It was the gold-leaf version of a ‘Scarlet Runner’ type of bean in the pages of Territorial Seed’s catalog that set me off down the yellow-brick road. ‘Golden Sunshine’ bean has the typical red hummingbird-friendly flowers and green pods but on a 6-foot plant (somewhat less enthusiastic than the green original).
Next I met up with a gold-podded filet bean—an extra-long haricot vert type called ‘French Gold’ that isn’t vert at all but solid or. Renee’s Seeds offers this beauty, a pole type that’s new for 2010 and promises 7-to-9-inch pods for “especially choice eating.” Sold.
Romano-type, or Italian-style beans are my favorites, typically, so when I happened on ‘Gold of Bacau’ bean at J.L. Hudson, Seedsman (also labeled “new” for this year, and promising 10-inch pods) it was calling my name. Bacau is a city in Romania, the catalog reveals.
Anything colorful speaking to you this year? Or is it just going to be the same old (delicious) green beans and other vegetables?