Long story short, he's on his deathbed...she comes to visit him...he dies...she mourns his death...she dies...and then a Rose grows from his grave, and a Green Briar from hers.
"They grew and grew in the old church yard,
Til they could grow no higher,
And there they tied in a true lover’s knot,
The Red Rose and the Briar."
Corny and cloying, but sweet, I know. It's an old-fashioned song, with a haunting melody.
I thought about this ballad the other day when I was contemplating my garden arbor. As you can see, my vines haven't made much progress this summer.
|Lablab purpureus and Wisteria macrostachya|
I planted Hyacinth Bean seeds in mid-May, and while they didn't grow much during the drought, I did notice the Kentucky Wisteria grew faster than it has in the past. I had nearly given up on it. But the funny thing is, it appears my extra care for the Hyacinth Bean Vines has encouraged the Wisteria to perk up. Hyacinth Bean is more vigorous on the sunnier side of the arbor, and Wisteria on the shady side.
Now the Hyacinth Bean is starting to take off (better late than never, I guess).
And the blooms are gorgeous...
The Hyacinth Bean must be replanted from seed. The Wisteria is a perennial that blooms in the spring. Maybe next year the two vines will meet in the middle.
Next up: Garden Lessons Learned during the historic summer of 2012!