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That Bean, Late DF crop and Those Whiskers

Jack and the not-Beanstalk ;-) It's the new-to-us Jack Bean from the seeds given to Lissa recently. Anyway it's growing well except that 'something or someone' is busy skeletonising the leaves. Whether I'm growing this plant in the right place (western-facing) or in the right season is anyone's guess right now. I'm not a fan of the beans themselves but it's good to grow something on the trellis until it's time to grow the Tatume squash. So hoping that there will be plenty of seeds for those who like the beans.

Woo hoo - 18 or so new buds on the two red-fleshed Dragon Fruit plants! Quite a surprise and a gift I suppose from global warming. I was getting ready to prune the plants when whoosh! all these buds popped up. I think there's 18 - they keep dodging around (or I just cannot count).

The Whiskers You're Getting When You Don't Have a Cat ... Orthosiphon aristatus afaik is the proper name of the Australian native plant known as 'Cat's Whiskers'. It's a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae). The flowers come in many variations on white-purple-pink these flowers are 'white' but in real life there is a purple blush about them. Do they attract native bees? I'd like to know, I've not seen any but then I don't look very often either.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 31, 2016 at 14:31

Some of those late buds have yellowed and dropped off. Now count 12 developing buds.

Reckon on 2 years in the ground, Susan. They ARE worth waiting for!

Comment by Susan on March 31, 2016 at 12:39

Jealous of the dragon fruit Elaine :)  Can't wait until mine start producing

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 23, 2016 at 7:20

Here is a photo of how my Jack Bean is going. Happy Easter to You All..

Comment by Lissa on March 22, 2016 at 18:51

Good to know your Jack Bean seeds have grown so well girls! I did wonder if you had planted them.

I like them. Hardy, a keen grower, the pods were good eating if not particularly tasty. Can't wait to try my own off my own plants.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 22, 2016 at 14:58

I don't know what my "Jack Bean" is on but I want some, the leaves are almost as big as my small but Not Dainty hand. Is that the norm for them. I will take a photo and get Graham to load it tonight.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 20, 2016 at 18:19

Good to know about the Cat's Whiskers, thanks Dianne!

My plant is from 1 seed - they are enthusiastic growers. We'll know a lot more about them in 3 month's time.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on March 20, 2016 at 18:18

I too am growing the Jack Bean, I only had one bean and luckily for me, it has come up. I only planted mine a couple of weeks ago as I was waiting until it was Bean Planting time by Moon Phase Planting. It is growing well and just starting to send out a tendril. Too dark for me to get out there and take photos.

The Cat's Whiskers certainly do attract Native Bees, I have seen Stingless, Blue Banded and Others on and around them.


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