I have Broad Beans, Runner Beans, French Beans, Italian Beans (Fagioli Rampicante) etc, etc. I also have some fairly unusual beans sent to me by a reader of my blog (You know who I am referring to, Jude), such as the "Veitch's" ones I am trying for the first time. These are my Runners:-
As well as being good to eat, Beans are also very decorative, so I offer you here a selection of photos that demonstrate this and illustrate the transition from flower to bean.
The flowers are produced in big clusters on long stems like this:
The flowers are evidently very attractive to bees, who on their visits in search of nectar pollinate them.
Unless the flowers are pollinated, when the petals fade that is the end - as for those at the base of the
cluster in the next photo, where you can see bare stems.
But if the bees have done their thing though, a little bean will emerge from the fading bloom:
These beans grow very rapidly as long as sufficient water is available.
Within a couple of weeks they will be big enough to eat. I hope to be able to show you this soon!
Unfortunately it is not only the bees that find Runner Bean flowers attractive, so I have already had to spray them:
|Blackfly infestation on Runner Bean flowers|