I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green.
-Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from an Old Manse, 1854
My home vegetable garden has filled up with beans and basil. And tomatoes and cucumbers are doing great too. Nothing like summer abundance.
(The two big bushes at the lower left are still there. Soon they will be removed for my cutting garden. I like to imagine rows of flowers there.)