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SCARLET RUNNER BEAN
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Lark
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October 2, 2015 - 5:39 am

Last year while walking a friends garden I was admiring a pretty red/orange vine growing up a trellis.  Loaded with flowers and several humming birds were sipping the nectar.  She told me that is was a Scarlet Runner Bean.  Bean?  Is it edible?  Yes.  I had to grow this vine in my yard. 

I did a little research on this lovely vine.  Easy to grow and aggressive.  I planted it on the fence going around the bog container garden, on chicken wire in the raised bed and on the bluebird house trellis.  I pick the beans young.  No more than 6" long.  When they are too mature they get big seeds and tough.  The taste great and freeze well.  This is a 'do again' in 2016.  scarlet bean runner photo: Scarlet Runner bean blossoms scarletrunner_bloom_mid1345.jpg

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
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October 6, 2015 - 6:21 am

I love this!  Are you going to dry any mature beans for seed?  Would love to have some.  Will trade ya for the spider daylilies I recently dug for you (again ~ I believe they are the right ones this time:).  

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Lark
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October 6, 2015 - 6:43 am

Yes indeed, I will trade you. I still have a special spot in the garden for that BEAUTY.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
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October 7, 2015 - 5:14 am

Great!!  We are having a small patio and a walkway poured in a weird spot in the backyard and I am doing some moving and rethinking.  (Note to self:  take before and after pictures!)  In the process, I had to get those daylilies outta there.  They needed dividing anyway.  As soon as I dug them, I thought of you ~ having felt bad about sending the wrong ones last time.  If I am not wrong (you know how you THINK you are going to remember what plant is where?) these should ALL be the spider variety ~ some plain yellow and some yellow and orange striped.  I will try to get to the PO on Saturday.  

I will have to do a search on the runner beans ~ never tried them here and don't know how they will do.  Are they similar in nature to hyacinth beans?  I have a spot to put them since I am SOOOO done with trying to grow the spinach vine ~ it does nothing for me:(

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KeyWee54
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October 9, 2015 - 5:28 am

I got the bean seeds ~ thank you SO much!  Wow, those are some BIG seeds!  I was so surprised when I went to the mailbox yesterday ~ you are the best!!

I will get to the PO tomorrow to get your daylilies out.  Now is the perfect time to pick a spot and get them in.  I am assuming it is best to wait until spring to plant the beans?  And then perhaps start them indoors first?  Very excited to try them!

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Lark
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October 9, 2015 - 5:38 am

You are SO welcome.  Yes, wait until Spring to plant them.  I do start mine indoors. No frost here YET.  I picked some of these beauties yesterday.  I pick them before the beans in the pods get too big. I think some people dry the beans seeds and use them in cooking. Maybe you would like to research it a little.

Waiting anxiously for the daylily.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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Lark
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October 14, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Keywee, got the day lilly yesterday.  I will be planting it in a pot, sunk in the ground.  That way I can keep better care of it.  THANK YOU my friend.  So anxious to see that BEAUTIFUL bloom.  :0)

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
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October 15, 2015 - 5:12 am

So glad you got them ~ thanks for letting me know they arrived okay.  According to my calculations (ahem) they should be the spider variety.  Some may be solid yellow and some orange and yellow striped (my fave!).  I had to climb underneath a suckering shrub (dang, can't think of the real name again ~ called false astilbe when I bought it in Kenosha) so it was hard to tell which daylilies I was digging and grabbing.  They were getting too much shade to bloom well and needed dividing anyway.

Wheeee, it's starting to cool off and the nights come early.  Hummers are gone ~ sigh.  Time to think about a stack of good books and pots of chili and stew.

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Lark
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February 2, 2016 - 5:56 am

Lark said
Last year while walking a friends garden I was admiring a pretty red/orange vine growing up a trellis.  Loaded with flowers and several humming birds were sipping the nectar.  She told me that is was a Scarlet Runner Bean.  Bean?  Is it edible?  Yes.  I had to grow this vine in my yard. 

I did a little research on this lovely vine.  Easy to grow and aggressive.  I planted it on the fence going around the bog container garden, on chicken wire in the raised bed and on the bluebird house trellis.  I pick the beans young.  No more than 6" long.  When they are too mature they get big seeds and tough.  The taste great and freeze well.  This is a 'do again' in 2016.  scarlet bean runner photo: Scarlet Runner bean blossoms scarletrunner_bloom_mid1345.jpg

KeyWee, yes we eat the beans.  YUMMY!  And the hummers love the brilliant red/orange flowers.  Take care my friend.  THINK SPRING.

Dousman, Wisconsin, zone 5

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KeyWee54
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February 3, 2016 - 5:05 am

I can NOT WAIT to grow this vine!!  Do you do the soak thing with the seeds indoors first or just plant outside after last frost?  SO excited to plant this vine.

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