New plant? Nah, just one intentional and one volunteer.
AND, it is open to all. In fact, our social meeting has been great for bringing in new folks to meet 'n greet. We start around 6:30.
There is nothing formal about our meetings and even less with our monthly "social" get together. We usually gather at a local restaurant to just chat, share some things that have happened in our gardens and for the new folks, get to know us.
Tomorrow's social will be at at El Mexico Restaurant 724 N Main St in Shelbyville. No need to eat, so come full or empty.
Very few of us are psychopathic killers and I don't know of one dual personality in the bunch. Well..... maybe one. Me! You can see why it is easy to forget. :-)
The photo I used on this post is of an intentional purple setcreasea https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp549 (no affiliate links) and a volunteer yardlong bean http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/pg_viuns2.pdf
Both are frost sensitive but the setcreasea can be brought in to live all Winter. I usually break a few starters to root in water, then cut the plant back hard to conserve space. (got a few others to make room for)
The yardlong is an annual prolific producer of edible beans and fixes nitrogen in the soil like other legumes.
The Setcreasea is just for looks, but the bean has pretty flowers too so it can be used as a triple purpose plant. In fact, I've used a picture of the bean flower as a computer and phone screen wallpaper. I won't go into more since the links are informative.
I planted the Setcreasea but the yardlong came up from seeds I must have thrown out the door at some time. Those who know me, know I try to let anything and everything have a chance to grow so it got the same chance and created an interesting clump of flowers and leaf colors.
Right across the rock steps is a volunteer bitter melon that has provided us their fruit all Summer long along with pretty yellow flowers. My next picking will probably be the last for this year but who knows.