Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Sweet pea or not

I don't know what this plant is called. It reminds me of a sweet pea in the way it grows and the flowers it produces, but I really don't know what it is. It grows just outside our back gate in a patch of ground between the pond and the vineyard. There was a huge yard waste pile there when we moved in. Not long after, the town removed the pile and told us surrounding homeowners to take our yard waste to the dump. The plant comes back every year and still I can't remember what the fruit looks like.

A wild pea? A garden escapee? Something completely different?

The next heat wave is under way. We got up over 80ºF on Tuesday and are expecting to approach 90ºF over the next few days. The vegetable garden will like that. I harvested our first zucchini yesterday and there might be another one ready today. They'll get sliced and grilled as part of today's lunch.

3 comments:

  1. You are close with Sweet Pea. This is Tuberous Pea Lathyrus tuberosus, so the same genus as Sweet Pea. It's a wild, native plant, not scented.

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  2. Beautiful flower and photo. I love the fact that you always have a friend at hand to quickly answer your questions!

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  3. susan, thanks! I never even thought to sniff it!

    mitch, yes, susan and tim (another frequent commenter) are very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. I've learned a lot from them!

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