Balisha’s Hyacinth Bean Vine Seeds & an Appreciative Little Boy

Balisha, who has the delightful blog Simply Balisha, sent me some hyacinth bean seeds last year. I was not familiar with this vine, and at first  I thought that there were pretty little buttons enclosed in the blue netting with ribbon in the package. The seeds appeared to be buttons at first glance.

I started my vine in the spring and it was touch and go for awhile there with some bug or another eating the leaves as fast as they appeared. In the end the vine and I won, and it slowly grew, produced lovely flowers, and later on, the pods appeared. I told my little grandson that at some point, the seeds inside would turn into little buttons.

Every few days, he’d get a few pods, open them up and check…nope…still just normal seeds. Being new to this, I did not know when the ‘miracle’ would occur, but recently a few pods at the bottom of the vine turned brown and crispy and I checked one…tada! “Buttons

Now, for Balisha…here is Brent enjoying your buttons :)  Thank you dear friend…I enjoyed a new flowering vine and more than that, I enjoyed this little one …and he knew that I was taking pictures for you, the magic button seed lady :)

Brent had been away with his mama’s family for a mid-September beach vacation. I’d not seen him for a full week. When he was over here and we had caught up in regards to sea shells and sea gulls and the ocean, I told him that something had happened here while he was gone…I sent him down to look for some of the crispy pods at the bottom of the vine…

brent and bean seeds collage 2 pics

brent and seeds collage 2

He was fascinated with the seeds…especially since he’d been opening the earlier pods…and waiting every week for the buttons :)

brent finds seeds fascinating

This has been a lot of fun for both of us this summer!

thank you

From Brent and his “Oma”, thank you, Balisha : )

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22 Responses to Balisha’s Hyacinth Bean Vine Seeds & an Appreciative Little Boy

  1. Love these pictures Debra! It’s obvious your sweet grandson is enthralled with the seeds your friend sent, and he will most likely remember this time for many years to come.


  2. What memories those beans are going to make!

  3. Balisha says:

    Oh, Thank you so much….this brought tears to my eyes. Little did I know, when I sent those seeds how much these little “buttons” would mean to you.

    Now to Brent:
    I have had such fun watching you through your Oma’s blog. Now, put those seeds in a little jar and wait until next spring and plant them again. Maybe you can share them with a friend, so that that friend can have the same fun as you did. I loved your special picture and message for me.

    XOXO your pal “the magic button seed lady”

  4. Debbie H says:

    Oh what pretty blue eyes you have Brent. You have a very special Oma.

  5. Carol Cook says:

    I was just talking with the mother of a 4 year old about math and that kids learn best when things are done in context. I love that those seeds became a learning experience.

  6. Sally says:

    Such a sweet, sweet story. It’s wonderful to watch through the eyes of a child a new discovery! And, that precious boy is beautiful (although he might not like hearing that). :)

  7. Joyce says:

    This beautiful post just confirms to me that it is most often grandparents who introduce children to the most fascinating aspects of nature. Who else has the time, patience and a ready camera to nurture very step toward a delightful discovery like this one?
    Brent is adorable. Balisha is a joy, and Oma doesn’t miss an opportunity to make both of them grateful to have her in their lives!

  8. Grandma Kc says:

    Love the pictures and what fun the 2 of you have had doing nothing more complicated than watching Mother Nature at her finest. Brent does look very happy and that is what it is all about!

  9. Podso says:

    That worked out really well. Kids seem to love to know how things grow. You have a sweet grandson.

  10. Brent is a handsome lad. He’s blessed to have you as his “Oma”. xxx ~ Nancy

  11. Chris k in Wisconsin says:

    So sweet. I love Balisha’s blog, too. He will always remember the little things you take time to share with him. Lucky little boy!!

  12. Nana Diana says:

    I have never grown that vine or seen the seed pods before either. How cool is that! I love the excitement and expressions on his face as he sees the “buttons”. xo Diana

  13. Rose says:

    I am sure hoping that I get some seeds from mine…now grasshoppers are eating on them. Have even eaten the seed pods.

  14. Children enjoy life in such a wonderful way. That was so neat that he got to see those little “buttons” from that vine.

  15. Judy says:

    I love the vine that comes from those little buttons–my first year to grow it also. Oh Brent–you are a wonderful boy!!!

  16. Such a sweet post and something that Brent will always remember. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Pam Simien says:

    I believe Hyacinth Beans are poisonous!

  18. I love Hyacinth beans and grew them, love those pods as much as your grandson. The seeds do kind of look like buttons, for some reason they remind me of bird “eyes”.

    As far as Hyacinth beans being poisonous, not anymore than any other bean eaten raw! Kidney bean, white beans….ALL the dry beans we use in cooking, soups, refried beans, etc, would be a bit poisonous if they weren’t cooked first, or eaten raw.

    And even then – you have to eat a good quantity for them to hurt you. “Lethal” would be a wildly misleading description.

    Dry beans have got a high amount of cyanogenic glycosides in them and not good for us. They have to be cooked which means boiling soft raw mature beans or roasting as heat drives away the toxin. If they have dried — read they are hard — that means soaking overnight then boiling them a long time in a lot of water. Or, boil unsoaked dry beans in a lot of water twice.

    The above applies to ALL BEANS. Kidney beans and hyacinth beans do have more than other beans, but generally, changing the water, and making sure they’re thouroughly cooked is all you need do.

  19. He’s too cute – just want to squeeze him. :-) I have never in my gardening life seen seeds that looks like buttons – what an absolute hoot. And, there is nothing to beat an opportunity to learn with Oma.

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