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Frost damaged beans

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 17 May 2010 at 01:59 PM


"What do you mean they're DEAD?"

These are not words you ever want to hear from a four-year-old.  In fact this is one of the reasons not to get guinea pigs, mice, hamsters or any other pet-based rodents (there are many, many other perfectly good reasons too - I know because I keep rehearsing them in my head).

But the look of shock, pain and incomprehension was purely plant-based.  You see I'm afraid I had to inform my son that the beans had been slain by the frost.

This is not good news. We had gone in for beans in a big way this year.  We've made a climbing bean tee-pee, an entrance archway to the garden and the kids' gardens all of which were supposed to be clothed in attractive and interesting varieties. Now they simply look like weird weaving experiments with wizened plants around their bases - not exactly the look I was going for.

Worst of all my children are casting me accusing glances.  I know what they're thinking.  How could she let this happen?

"Mummy, you are the best gardener in the world!"  That's what Oscar says to me.  I'm pretty sure he knows it's a huge lie, but it's one which guarantees him hugs, flapjacks, ice lollies and the ability to watch Robots on DVD whenever he likes.  But after last week I began to worry he'd never say it again and his belief in me would be plummet beneath Santa, fairies and the Loch Ness Monster.

Well, until today.  You see I have just gone to check the beans and I see signs of life.  From the leaf axils I can definitely spot the beginnings of new foiliage forming.  This is the best comeback since Tinkerbell's child-clapping-based revival and I can't wait for the look on his face when he comes home from school and I tell him the good news.

I just hope he never expects me to work the same magic with hamsters. There are limits to my powers you know.


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