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Friday Favorite: Scarlet Runner Beans

August 25th, 2017

Today it really isn’t one of my favorite things but one of my mom’s favorite things. She always grew scarlet runner beans in her garden just for the hummingbirds. When I was back in Ohio for her memorial service, my dad gave my sister and I each a packet of seeds so we could grow them in our gardens.


They are scrambling up their trellis and blooming away. Hopefully all the local hummingbirds are enjoying them just as much as my mom’s always did.

Do you grow any plants in your garden because they were favorites of loved ones in your life?

4 Comments to “Friday Favorite: Scarlet Runner Beans”
  1. Joan Ray on August 25, 2017 at 9:29 am

    I have rhubarb that came from my parents and before that from my grandparents. I don’t use it much but grow it for sentimental reasons. And I have a Christmas cactus from my maternal grandmother’s plant and an African violet from my maternal grandmother’s plant. I’m not crazy about either of these plants either but again, grow them for sentimental reasons!
    I love looking at them and thinking of my grandmothers.

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  2. PennyAshevilleNC on August 25, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I grow them for the birds too. I had to skip a year to deter the bean beetles. We don’t eat them, but I save the seeds and share them with our young friends (ages around 5-7) to use as magic beans! They’re so gorgeous.

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  3. Susan on August 25, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I grow lots of things because someone in my life grew or loved them. But the main thing I’ve done is based on a complete stranger. Our house had one owner prior to us buying it. It was build in 1921 and lived in by the same couple until her death in 2009. I have not only saved everything that was growing but I’ve propagated and made more of things. Somehow I feel like she would be happy to know that someone loves this house and its gardens as much as she must have.

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  4. Jenn on August 27, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    My grandfather loved burgundy beans and growing them makes me think of him so I always plant a few.

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