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Seeds of Hope


The story is reaching its conclusion.

 Collecting Purple hyacinth bean seeds in paper bag

Collecting Purple hyacinth bean seeds

Purple hyacinth beans in brown paper bag

Purple hyacinth beans

The show began in the warm days of summer.

 Finial with vine

Bright little leaves were followed by more, larger and laced with purple.

Leaf of the Purple hyacinth bean

It would be worth growing the purple hyacinth bean in the garden just for the leaf’s pleasant heart-shaped outline and the map-like purple vein pattern against the deep green.

Leaf of the Purple hyacinth bean

Hot days of summer brought forth delightful twirling tendrils

grasping for a place to climb.

Swirly, twirly sweetness.

Purple hyacinth bean vine

Once these young ones found a place to climb they put on a high wire act that was quite impressive.  The higher the pole, the more entrancing the performance.

Top of the bean pole

They seemed to think they belong with the flying creatures, embracing the sky.

Copper and bead butterfly

Leaves and stems teased the eye with hints of purple in contrast with the deep green , giving hints of the even lovlier things yet come.

Hyacinth bean bud and concrete swirl

Tender buds emerged, dark reddish purple.   Purple hyacinth bean vine

Such a lovely beginning.  And then…

Purple hyacinth bean flowers

Those blooms!

I don’t really think a name or description can do them justice.  Breathtaking really.

Purple hyacinth bean blooms

Varying shades of rich purple color and a sweet fragrance with the power to capture an audience.  Successful as a solo act…

Purple hyacinth bean bloom and pod

or as a team.   They certainly put on a show.

Whether combined with the rustic…

Iron headboard with purple hyacinth bean

or more the refined, the scene always benefited from their presence.

Rose and hyacinth bean arrangement

 Like the bees and tiny hummingbirds, they beckoned me.

Butterfly on Purple hyacinth bean flower

Shears in hand I would tour their display, snipping blooms, leaves, and even purple pods.   Motivated by the desire to draw their beauty nearer to me, to have it right at hand, I stole them from their natural stage.

 Hyacinth beans and roses

 Their indoor performances were short-lived, but definitely memorable.

hyacinth bean leaves in arrangement

The flashy violet hues made quite a splash among the gentle colors of the David Austin roses.

Purple hyacinth bean in rose arrangement

Leaves, buds, blooms, pods.  Each a welcome addition to the garden and my vase.

Purple hyacinth bean pods

Sadly, the time is nearing when no flowers remain and the petals all fall to the ground.

Vintage garden cart and vines

 The show is closing.

The END.

Purple hyacinth bean pods drying on the vine

 Or is it?

What seems like the end is actually a beginning.

  Seed pod of the Purple hyacinth bean

Looking at the withered flower, all appears lost.  The beautiful purple of the bean that followed it has faded to dull brown and the once firm and supple skin is now wrinkled and brittle.

 Purple hyacinth bean pod against iron headboard

But still, beneath this visage of death lies the beginning of life.  There is a strange kind of beauty evident, just a hint that all is not lost.

Purple hyacinth bean seeds

There is new life here.

Purple hyacinth bean seed



Even buried, out of the reach of the sun’s sweet rays.


There will be an awakening, a time for mysterious changes in the tiny kernel, then a bursting forth of newness and growth.

Oh, that is the time we long for!

Daylight dwindles.  Winter comes.

Withered, we wait.

Dried hyacinth bean pods

But we wait in hope.

And hope does not disappoint.

 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;  it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;  it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

I Corinthians 15:42-43









  1. Becky Rogers
    Posted 5 Dec ’12 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful post! I was deeply touched by it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Posted 5 Dec ’12 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    I grow this vine too and love it for all the same reasons you do! I love the combination you created with the David Austin roses … very nice. I’ll have to pinch that idea! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Yes, Pooh is a wise, old bear and he teaches me well into adulthood. Glad to have found your blog. I’ve enjoyed looking around here. We share a lot of loves.

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