These are the very first runner beans, picked on 10th August 2012. They are about six inches long. Eight inches is the best size for eating since if you pick them before that they get too long, they won’t be stringy. We had such a lot of rain in the early part of the year and through the summer, that the beans are at sixes and sevens. They are really a crop for the late summer. During the one week of really good sunshine we had, lots of flowers appeared and therefore lots of beans are coming. We will probably have a glut fairly soon.
The Sweet Peas were slow to get going too but now they are coming daily. Such pretty flowers.
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After our long awaited week of sunshine, flowers started appearing all over the garden. The roses seemed to like the sun and turned their faces to their almost forgotten friend.
This rose, Apricot Abundance, has at last come into its own, although on the second flush it’s more pink than apricot.
Dylan took his turn at watering the flowers and was most enthusiastic about it. Notice in the background that the geraniums are flowering at last!
Dylan was most particular about filling the jug to the top to water the borders. It must have been quite heavy for him.
The next picture shows Dylan standing next to his very own runner bean plant (in the tub). He planted the seeds himself and is watering them regularly. With the arrival of the sunshine, he now has lots of flowers, which will make lots of beans. We await the first bean with anticipation.
I haven’t been so lucky with my Sweet Peas, which are in the smaller tub. They have been a disaster so far. I’ve had one measly flower and nothing since. Oh dear.
and to finish, here is a short video of Dylan with his jug. Hope you enjoy. I can’t help chuckling when I watch it because towards the end he takes the very big green watering can, empty otherwise he wouldn’t be able to lift it and takes both it and the jug to the borders. It’s so funny. See what you think.