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Climbing bean wigwams, wildflowers and Friedrich Nietzsche

Posted by Dawn Isaac on 20 Jul 2010 at 07:56 AM


"That which does not kill us, makes us stronger".

Hmmm. I don't think that Nietzsche bloke was a gardener.  If he was, he was sorely misled on the subject of climbing beans. You see the late frost this year, which did not quite kill them, has made them, not so much stronger as pathetic shadows of their former selves with about as much get up and go as... well a dead German existentialist.

I tell you this because I fear it is probably time for an update on my climbing bean wigwam which we set up in April and planted back in early May.  It should now be a beautiful and productive leaf-covered structure giving the kids a bijou hiding place from the summer sun.

It is not.

It is this.

Still, the wildflowers are doing OK.  We have cornflowers, corncockles, poppies, yarrow, Ox-eye daisies and probably a couple more but it's getting a bit tricky to work out where to draw the line between purposeful wildflower introductions and invading weeds.  Still, the children and bees are very taken with them and cut a few for their bedrooms each week (the children that is - I know bees are jolly good at the whole honey dance thing but I'm not sure they can be trusted with scissors yet).

So overall I have decided to term it, not so much a failure, as a partially realised success.

As Nietzsche would have it: "There are no facts, only interpretations."

Seems he was a smart chap after all.


Miranda Hodgson said:

Well, it's a very fine wigwam and the flowers do look pretty. Sounds like the children are loving it!

on 24 Jul 2010 at 10:27 AM