A year ago the first little bean tree sprout (Mescal Bean-Sophora secundiflora) poked up from the ground, and my dream of having these trees in my yard became a reality. These little trees are notoriously slow growers, but they also transplant very poorly, so growing them from seed seemed the way to go. Out of the 11 original beans I planted around the yard, 9 are still alive and growing, although a few of them may eventually get pulled out. As you can see from their pictures, they vary widely in size, with some looking really sad. The two bigger ones, are on the North side of the house, and get a fair amount of morning shade. The tiny ones are in the big area on the West side- and they get so much sun. I have rocks that give them a little shade, but some just are not doing well at all. Anyway it has been a fun year of watching them and blogging about them and dreaming about the grape candy scented blooms of the future.