I’ve been picking drying beans for the last few days and shucking them to store as they get nice and crunchy. It’s a therapeutic task for a while, but then gets tedious, so I do them in batches. I love how shiny they are, straight out of the pods (except of the black runner beans which seem to need a quick rub before they twinkle).
I find their variations marvellous and I can’t seem to stop myself arranging them into patterns and pictures.
So I began to think that I might layer them in a glass vase, like those test-tubes that you pay to fill with the multi-colour sands at Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight.
I think that they look quite fetching.
So which beans did I grow this year? At the bottom of the vase there are runners (Painted Lady), then a purple climbing bean (Trionfo Voiletto), next a heritage climbing bean (Blue and White), followed by another climber ‘Cherokee Trail of Tears’:
And in the top half (from bottom up again) there’s a dwarf french bean ‘Yin Yang’ or ‘Orca’, underneath a white butterbean called ‘Czar’, then on top of that there’s a pea bean from Garden Organic, topped up with a black runner bean breed by Dick Sanders (a lecturer at College of West Anglia).
I like them all, but am pleased with my first time crop of heritage pea beans, which are two-tone: a beautiful blood red and cream colour. They look similar to some of the cowpeas I’ve been thinking of trying on the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed website.
So that is our vase for the week. I wonder how long I can resist shaking them.
I am joining in with Cathy’s ‘In a Vase on Monday’ and I hope that a vase of beans isn’t too far off the reservation. Take a look at her lovely autumnal vase and check out the links to other contributions in the comments section.