Bean flowers are beautiful and so variable. These photos show french
bean, broad bean and scarlet runner bean flowers.
The bean row has a succession of beans, starting with broad beans planted in November, followed by two later plantings of broad beans, ending with runner beans and french beans.
The early broad beans are now over. The second planting of broad beans, Sutton, have suffered from Chocolate Spot.
They have not grown as tall as the first planting, but they have produced a reasonable amount of beans, and the pods have not been affected by the Chocolate Spot fungus.
The final planting of broad beans, Bunyards Exhibition & Masterpiece Green Long Pod, are taller and less branching than the early variety. They look clean, with little disease. The pods
are developing well.
The runner beans and french beans are streaking up the supports at the far end of the row, spiralling anticlockwise tightly around the pole.
Now the first lot of broad beans is finished, they will be replaced with more runner beans. So this patch will be double cropped with beans, broad beans at the start of the season, and runner beans to finish the season.