Beans, beans beans – and a poem

Baked beans,
Butter beans,
Big fat lima beans,
Long thin string beans –
Those are just a few.

Green beans,
Black beans,
Big fat kidney beans,
Red hot chili beans,
Jumping beans too.

Last year I posted a photo of the first of our runner beans on 11 July; this year the first baby beans had begun to set by 25th June, although I only got around to taking their picture last Sunday. It’s not surprising that they’re earlier this year; we had such a warm and sunny spring.

This year, rather by accident, we planted a whole lot of different climbers – Goliath and Painted Lady runner beans, and Zebra, Violetta and Neckargold climbing beans. The seeds were delightfully decorative and the flowers are wonderfully varied too – and now we can’t wait to see how the beans taste. We haven’t managed to keep track of which plant is which, though, so if one of the varieties is a star we won’t know what it is, other than delicious.

Does anyone know who wrote the bean poem that I’ve quoted above? I can’t find an attribution for it – it’s one that’s often used with children in classrooms, especially when they’re growing, um, beans.

2 Responses to “Beans, beans beans – and a poem”

  1. mary mccallum Says:

    Hi Belinda – I had a bit of a google and eventually (in a school lesson plan) found out the authors and then googled again and found this: “Beans, Beans, Beans” from Hooray for Chocolate by Lucia and James L. Hymes, Jr. Reprinted by permission of Addison-Wesley Publishing Company – and the date seems to be 1995.

  2. admin Says:

    You clever woman! I googled, but obviously not far enough down the list … thanks so much!

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