the bean trees

This spring, little w and e have been busily playing in the backyard in their little house that a friend graciously unloaded on us.

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In a move to emulate the mountain climbers that his daddy loves to read about, little w. has been desperately trying to scale the house and perch himself on the precariously placed roof.  When he is not being deviant, he and his sister especially like to “cook” in the house and bring you plates and cups of mud tea, dirt pasta, and grass salad.   They also like to take beans from their bean box and mix them into the concoctions that they create in their playhouse—which leads us to what I spotted inside the house this morning:

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Yup, those are bean plants that you see there.  These hardy volunteers sprung up from the unlikeliest conditions–no tender placement in well fertilized soil, no direct sunshine, no direct rain for that matter.  Everything that my second grade teacher said a plant need to thrive was denied from these plants, yet they still managed to sprout and grow.

My father-in-law suggested that we lift up the playhouse and move it 18 inches to the left so that the beans could be outside the playhouse and create a “volunteer garden” for the kids to tend.  I like the idea of this, but I wonder if this loving attention would be the death knell for these plants.  These tenacious little guys seemed to take it upon themselves to sprout despite being neglectfully scattered on top of some clay.  A little loving attention could create wild, out of control monster plants that take over the backyard and threaten to invade our charming English ivy bed. Or, the exposure to the elements could cause them to wither away.  I see a preschool science fair project in the making…

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