This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

purple hyacinth beans

hyacinth bean vine 4
hyacinth bean vine 6
As I was admiring the honey bees fighting over my purple hyacinth bean flowers, a big female ruby throated hummingbird joined in the feast. I almost dropped the camera! A very busy patch of purple color in my vegetable garden.

Seeds are from Botanical Interests

hyacinth bean vine 3
hyacinth bean vine 2 hyacinth bean vine 1
hyacinth bean vine 5


Blogger Michelle said...

Wow! Way to capture the moment! What an amazing shot...hummingbirds are one of my favorites.

September 05, 2009 5:17 PM

Blogger hip chick said...

Oh beautiful pictures.

September 05, 2009 5:32 PM

Blogger Joanna said...

These are just gorgeous. I've never been able to capture a hummingbird with my camera. Lucky day for you.

September 05, 2009 7:36 PM

Blogger kathy said...

They come and go so fast. This one just flew in front of my camera. I got 2 shots.

September 05, 2009 10:01 PM

Blogger Lucky-1 said...

Kathy your photo of the little Humming bird is just magic. I have never seen one, but think they are so beautiful:)

September 06, 2009 1:28 AM

Blogger Funkbunny said...

Wow! amazing photos.

September 06, 2009 6:00 AM

Blogger Matron said...

I grew these over here a couple of years ago. Beautiful flowers and pods, might try them again next year.

September 06, 2009 5:19 PM

Blogger TeresaNoelleRoberts said...

So pretty! I may have to try those next year, especially if they attract pollinators (and humming birds!) so well. How do they taste?

September 06, 2009 7:02 PM

Blogger kathy said...

These beans are toxic! Only for decoration, pollinators, and hummingbirds. Though evidently you can eat them if you cook them and then rinse them a million times, I think I read.

September 06, 2009 10:13 PM

Blogger Kelly said...

Very cool you caught that hummer on film, I can see how you were startled by it's arrival, they are fast and loud little creatures! They like to 'buzz my tower' when I am filling their feeder or near a favorite flower bed.

September 07, 2009 11:05 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Yes, it buzzed!

September 07, 2009 6:25 PM

Blogger Leslie said...

What a great hummingbird shot ... BRAVA !!!

September 11, 2009 12:11 PM

Anonymous Sue M. said...

Love your blog! I've learned and enjoyed so much..

Amazing hummingbird pictures! I also just love that first picture with the bee on the right. Now that is a bee on a mission! LOL

September 16, 2009 3:52 AM

Blogger Cindy said...

Gorgeous picture of the hummer and the hyacinth bean flowers. Love the vine and the great pollinators they attract.

November 14, 2009 5:17 PM

Blogger kathy said...

I think I will plant these again next year. They took a while to sprout and grow, but were great for the late season.

November 14, 2009 9:48 PM

Anonymous Laura said...

Isn't the purple hyacinth bean the most fabulous plant? I never tire of the beautiful blooms, lovely leaves and pretty pods! Your photos were wonderful. Thanks.


December 05, 2012 9:00 PM

Blogger kathy said...

Funny you mention this now. I just recently bought a package of fresh seeds for next year! I didn't have any hyacinth beans this year and do look forward to growing them again.

December 05, 2012 9:11 PM


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