The Miracle of Bean Trees

April 24, 2015

“It was another miracle.  The flowers were turning into bean trees.”
— Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees

Wisteria seed pod

Wisteria seed pod

Ever since I reread Barbara Kingsolver’s The Bean Trees for my Armchair Arizona blog post, I am reminded of her novel when I see wisteria.  In the book, Taylor’s little daughter calls wisteria “bean trees” because the seed pods do look amazingly like hanging beans.  I like how Kingsolver looks at this plant with fresh eyes and calls it “another miracle.”

The wisteria is flowering here in Seattle.

The wisteria is flowering here in Seattle.

Wisteria blossoms

Wisteria blossoms

Wisteria

Wisteria

A couple of seed pods from last year still hang on amidst fresh blooms.

A couple of seed pods from last year still hang on amidst fresh blooms.

Last year's wisteria seed pods, pencil sketch

Last year’s wisteria seed pods, pencil sketch

 

3 Responses to “The Miracle of Bean Trees”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    I do love wisteria. Ours finished blooming a few weeks ago, but your photos reminded me of another purple beauty we have: mountain laurel. The blossoms smell like grape bubble gum, and the combination of flowers and seeds bears some resemblance to the wisteria.

  2. bobraxton Says:

    not far from us wisteria is wild – for the taking (we have not yet)


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