I spent the better part of today outside in my garden harvesting my bolita beans. I have never grown this type of bean before, so I find the entire process fascinating. These are a pole bean, and despite my lack of suitable support for my beans, they grew and thrived anyway. If supported properly, they can be well over 6 feet tall. These beans are not picked and eaten throughout the summer season as are green beans or wax beans. The beans are left on the plant, and all beans are harvested at once at the end of the season. The pods are then split, and the individual beans are removed. The easiest way to do this it to let the fall cool weather start to kill off the vines. The pods will start to dry on the vines, and are easily opened to find the little treasures inside. Hmmmm….wouldn’t these make pretty beads?
Typically, when we think of how the fall weather affects plants, we think of the bright reds, yellows, and oranges. As these plants start to change, the pods will turn from bright green to pale green, to pale yellow, and eventually all the way to brown. Wouldn’t this be a great fall color pallete to use in your jewelry creations?
As the little beans dry, they too turn color. When they first come out of the shell (if the pod is green) they are a creamy color. As the pods age, the beans inside will, too. That’s why there are some creamy ones, some pink ones, and some tan ones. Some of them also have a lovely raspberry colored eye.
If left to fully dry, the color becomes even more pronounced. Take a look at this little guy.
Do these colors inspire you? I’d love to see what you would do with these color palletes.