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Runner Beans AGAIN

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 08:26

I've grown 'Painted Lady' several times and found that although the red & white flowers have some decorative appeal, it cannot compete with modern-day  varieties...the pods become tough if not picked very young i.e. 5 or 6in long.

This was a popular choice in Victorian times and it is reckoned to be grown as a decorative plant in the 1600's.

Runner Beans AGAIN

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 19:46

Snap! My first sowing (*May 12th) failed too, Dove. I re-sowed towards the end of May, these are at the top of their sticks and in flower.....maybe they'll be a week or so behind, but I know they'll be cropping well at the same time as most of us.

*May 12th sowing date has been passed down to me from previous generations.

 

Runner Beans AGAIN

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 19:25

My pennyworth: Flowers dropping during hot, dry weather is common...misting on hot days can be beneficial.

Runner beans reach their peak of production when the nights get cooler, usually in another month or so...which is why I sometimes wonder why people sow the seed so early in the year, when they run the risk of losing them to late frosts.

Birds do peck-off the flowers, but this seems to be more prevalent with red flowered varieties and I haven't known it to be a big problem.

I would definitely recommend growing the white flowered variety 'White Lady'. These are proven to set well in hot weather, are less attractive to birds and have a superb taste & are stringless.

I'm on commission. btw.

 

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 09:45
LesleyK wrote (see)

Wow - all things bright and beautiful on here

David I thought your sunset pics had disappeared because it got dark

 

Giveover!

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 08:56
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/1e9bd9ba-7dbd-4b82-a9e9-149905d44063_zps7689799a.jpg

 

Not sure if Madge would be amused or not, Salino .....nice shots though.

I was at Sandringham last year during weather like we are having at the moment and really enjoyed the day.

Monty Don.

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 08:18

Don't do patronising, Dove...but have to say, I love your diffusing skills. xxx

Monty Don.

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 08:09

..garlic, anyone?

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 07:54

.....more curiously they're back!  

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 07:38

Curious.....me sunsets have vanished!

Monty Don.

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 07:32

Personally I would like to see a gardener presenting GW, rather than an actor/performer.

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