Okra are truly beautiful plants, members of the hibiscus family, and one of my favorite summer garden plants. I think okra would be worth planting just for the ornamental value even if they didn't bear food. Those tropical leaves! Those voluptuous flowers! That towering height!
As I've been going through plant orders for our Big Plant Sale coming up May 9, I've noticed very few requests for okra. The relative lack of interest in okra starts inspired me to post some okra photos from our garden last summer, to draw attention to the beautiful and underappreciated vegetable.
These pictures really stoke my anticipation of summer gardening...at this time of year when tiny seedlings are dwarfed by big, empty beds, its nice to remember that in a few months, the garden will be overflowing with wild, abundant plant life.
So here's to anticipation of summer, and long live okra!