It is just over a month since I planted out my runner bean plants, (25th May). In that period they have twined their way skywards over six feet. An average, daily growth rate of over two inches. It will not be too long before I have to pinch out the growing tips. It may be tempting to let the tendrils continue growing, but I know from experience that the extra top weigh is likely to cause the bean wigwams to keel over, most particularly in the wind.
They are just about to start flowering with the flower buds beginning to show red. When the flowers on this variety, (St. George), are fully out they will show red and white. A welcome dash of colour to the variations of green which tend to make up the palette for the vegetable patch.