Always the whispers... "she has a nice garden, but did you know she can't grow peas".
I always had good excuses.
Some years, I planted too late, and the vines shriveled in the heat.
Some years, the bunnies ate the vines before the pea pods could even form.
I didn't choose a good variety for the midwest.
I got busy and the peas dried up on the vines in the hot June sun.
But not this year.
This is the Year of the Pea.
I planted early on March 17th.
I kept the peas under cover to keep the rabbits from eating the vines.
I chose a good variety for the midwest, 'Green Arrow'.
I did not get too busy and neglect the peas.
I have triumped with peas. I can grow peas! I no longer hear the whispers. I am no longer the disgrace of the family. And it has only taken me twenty years of having a vegetable garden of my own to reach this point.
Aren't those peas the prettiest green you've ever seen? The green of spring, the green of triumph.
The pods are full of these "jewels of the garden".
Peas like these should be displayed in an antique crystal dish like this one, now known as "the pea bowl".
The vines are healthy so there will be many more pods to pick.
I have triumphed with peas. 2007, the Year of the Pea. If all else should fail in my garden this summer, I'll always have the peas.