Update: Purple Bean Hyacinth

Last spring I told you that I purchase some Purple Hyacinth Bean Flowering Vine Seeds and was planting them around the mailbox.  Well…here’s how they look now.


I had hoped they would cover the mailbox but haven’t and I don’t think they will.  I am happy with how they are though.  I have been faithfully carrying water to them but they just didn’t seem to grow quite as big.  I really need to get better at fertilizing  my plants.   It seems about this time of year everything needs a boost.  If I would fertilize more I am sure I could get past that hump.

I planted some seeds around the flag pole too.  It’s my daughter Kalissa playing Vanna White!


I can’t believe how high they have climbed.  Next year I am going to add another plant or two here to make it fuller….and hopefully God will add a little more natural rain.   I just love these plants!!  I love even more that I can save the seed pods and start them over next year.  I love frugal gardening!!

Anyone have other frugal gardening tips? I would love to hear them!!

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8 thoughts on “Update: Purple Bean Hyacinth

  1. Judy D in WA

    A long time ago I visited a friend that had huge fushia baskets hanging around her deck. I asked her how she got them to grow so big. What she told me has stuck with me all these years. Container flowers are like good Catholics–water every day and fish on Friday. That has stayed with me all these years and I try to water every day and fertilize on Friday.
    Your mailbox and flag pole are gorgeous, as are your models.

  2. Becky Ganzhorn

    Hiacynth bean is one of my favorites, but they seem to take awhile to get going! I interplant with Moon Flower vine, the large white morning glory shaped blossoms are a perfect foil for the aubergine stems & seed pods, lilac blossoms & dark green leaves of the hiacynth vine. Btw, moon flower vine seeds are also easily collected for the next year’s planting! Love your blog!

  3. Linda Scott

    So excited! Love these. I just ordered my seed. I live in Deep East Texas hopefully they will do well here. Thanks again for all your great info.

  4. gale

    I’m looking for a good chicken-safe perennial climbing vine to plant on the outside of our run to provide shade. I planted a grape that was doing ok, but dh accidentally mowed it down. I put two mulberry trees at the south end so they should provide good shade eventually (and even I can’t really kill a mulberry tree) but I want something that will vine up to the top. Any ideas?

  5. Eden

    Those are lovely. I bet in a non drought year they might cover the box, especially with some fertilizer. I think the best frugal gardening tip I learned from my mother… Make friends who are gardeners and learn about plant propagation! She can walk through her garden and name off the people she got so many of her plants from and/or the people she has shared scions of her own plants with. I have some of her bottle brush buckeye and some sedum that she got almost 50 years ago from one of her friends. My maple trees came from a former boss, my hostas came from a professor in grad school, my irises are either from my mom or my husband’s grandmother. Some of my mom’s iris she got from stopping to talk to an older woman who was tending a beautiful garden and complimenting her on it. They got absorbed in conversation and it ended up with my mother coming back another time to help her divide and replant iris-she went home with a bag full as a thanks.

  6. Ellen in Boise

    Divide perennials every 3y. Shasta daises, daylily-Stella D’Ore is my fave, sedum varieties-Autumn Joy my fave. Purple coneflower self propogates, black eyed susan, hostas. annuals such as cosmos spread quickly and grow nice n’ tall (we get a lot of freezes and they really are perennial for me). As you drive around your community, look for these plants. Stop and ask if you can have starts. I’ve stocked all my neighbors and they see my garden like people see zucchini coming up the sidewalk :-) I would love for folks to stop and ask for starts.

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