I was surprised by the pinkness of the scarlet runner beans, popped from their green pods. I saved the pods when I pulled the vines down from the birch pole screen, because I'd like to grow some more, next year. With the purple pole beans and lablabs, they formed a perfectly leafy privacy curtain, during the months when we sat outside to eat dinner.
They were also the last to bloom in the summer, I discovered, but they fulfilled their hummingbird promise. That Harlem hummer did stop to feed from them.
The small beans in the foreground came from the same pods, but I discarded those, and kept the giant ones for next year's crop (some will be gardeners' gifts, too).
I also shelled some lablabs, fresh (top left, green), as well as ones that had dried on the vines (small black ones with the dramatic white stripe); but most had not had time to to set good, fat seed yet.
The purple pole beans are the blah beige seeds, far right on a plate.
Funny, for a pretty, purple bean.