The runner bean which I have selected for planting around my bamboo wigwams this year is a variety called, "St. George," The flowers look to be quite colourful and Marshalls' catalogue promises, "an early, high yield of crisp, juicy pods." I still have quite a few bags of last year's runner bean crop in the freezer so I expect to have fresh pods for picking by the time I am devoid of the frozen supplies.
I am starting off the beans in the greenhouse. I sowed them in individual small pots this afternoon. Not quite 23rd April, but pretty close. It shouldn't be more than seven to ten days before germination occurs and I would expect that the young bean plants will be ready for planting out at the beginning of June.