The Runner Beans are the most advanced. In fact they are almost ready for planting out now. I think maybe next weekend will be the time. These ones are "Scarlet Empire".
And these ones are "Red Rum". Not all of them germinated, which is a pity, but I still have enough for what I intend to plant. Probably no spares though.
The Dwarf French Beans "Speedy" are mostly looking OK, having been protected in their early days by my "green-bean-house" contraption, but one of them looks as if it will be a blind - in other words it isn't producing any leaves.(The one Bottom Right, nearest camera).
The "Mechelse Tros" aka Mushy Pea Bean is looking vigorous after a slow start. This is a climbing bean, so I may end up putting a few in amongst the Runners.
The next one is "Cherokee Trail of Tears", which is going to be the bean component of my Three Sisters. I grew some of these last year and they were very attractive to look at but didn't grow very big and only produced a modest crop. It will be interesting to see how they perform this year with less competition.
This pot contains "Polka" yellow-podded Dwarf French Beans. Curiously, two beans germinated about a week before the others. In this photo they are the "goalposts" framing the one which is just emerging:
I do also have a big pot full of "Amethyst" purple-podded Dwarf French Beans, but they haven't germinated yet (having been sown a bit later in order to extend the cropping period) and I didn't think a photo of bare compost would be very exciting!
My plan is to sow another batch of seeds for all the dwarf varieties in about a month's time, so that I will hopefully still be cropping beans in late Summer / early Autumn. I will grow them in big plastic pots which are portable enough to be shifted around the garden whenever necessary.