Drive through cental Ohio at this time of year and you will see some of the most beautiful and productive soybean (Glycine max) fields in the world! The foliage is beginning to yellow and the fat bean pods are about ready for harvesting. Click to download a large version (800x600) to wallpaper your computer desktop.
I grew my first pumpkin (Cucurbita spp.) vine this year in my brother's garden. It grew about 25 ft and made 1 large pumpkin! In the photo is a more productive pumpkin patch in Kentucky. Click to download a large version (800x600) of these beautiful berries for your desktop.
I came across this lovely locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) grove the other evening. Framed by blue sky and goldenrods (Solidago odora) it made quite a sight! Click here to download a large version (800x600) of this image to display on your computer desktop.
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Fall is the best time of year to plant wildflower seed and you can read all about here.
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Mo‘omomi Dunes, Moloka‘i
Although one of the smaller of the Hawaiian Islands, Moloka‘i incorporates a rural life style all but vanished from the larger islands and a quiet beauty of its own. Its nickname, The Friendly Isle, could not be more apt. Click here for a botanical tour of this uniquely beautiful island.
Other articles by Bruce include:
Dubautia — A Study in Diversity
Hawaiian Sandalwood - A Shameful History
Rare Delights of Hawaii
Our newest Plant Profile is of the adzuki bean, a staple in Asian cooking. More familiar to most of us is the green/string bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) but there are many other edible bean species in Floridata's Plant Encyclopedia (see below!) Steve is growing and writing about several more that we will post in the coming months.
More beans to grow and eat:
lablab bean (Dolichos lablab)
lima or butter bean (Phaseolus lunatus)
scarlet runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus)
soybean (Glycine max)
tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius)
winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus)
Steve describes the broad or fava bean (Vicia faba) as one of nature's most tasty vegetables so don't be turned off by references to them in the movie Silence of the Lambs!
Beach bean scrambles over tropical beaches and dunes throughout the world. The beans of this species are toxic when raw. Along the northern coast of Australia people safely consume beach beans by roasting or boiling them.