“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