Saturday 18 August 2012


Tall. That's what most of the plants in my garden are now. At this time of year most of them are at their pinnacle of growth. Not being a tall person myself, I often find this presents some problems! My Runner Beans, for instance, are growing on 8-foot canes. If we assume that about one foot of this is underground, it still means the canes are about 7 feet tall. The beans climb up to the top and then flop over. It's a good job too, because I'm sure that if they had 20-foot canes they would still keep on growing upwards!

Cherokee beans at left, Runners at right

This is my "picker's eye" view from ground level. Notice that the beans (which have already produced a massive crop this year) are now flowering again, so there will probably be more beans to come. In a good year I'll be picking Runner Beans from July to October.

Looking further afield, you can see in my next photo how big the Asparagus fern has grown. (Centre, right).

Here's a better view of the Asparagus. The ferns are so tall that I have supported them with a ring of wire held up by my trusty Build-a-Ball kit. The brick is also there in the (vain) hope of keeping things upright. Since I'm pursuing the "Tall" theme, notice too the neeted Brussels Sprouts at the right of this picture.

Over by the fence, the "Autumn Bliss" raspberries are taller than the 6-foot wooden panels now. The first berries are just forming, so hopefully there will be a good crop. Raspberries enjoy cool, moist conditions, so this year has presumably been very much to their liking!

Down by the back fence my Bronze Fennel has reached about 6 feet tall too. Of course you have to remember that it is growing next-door to the Rhubarb that produced a flower-stalk which reached a height of 1.92 metres...

Notice how the Golden Hop in the background adapts to the light conditions. The bit in full sunshine has yellow (golden?) leaves, whereas the part which is totally shaded by my neighbour's conifer tree has very green leaves.

On the patio stands the big tub with the two cucumber plants in it. These are the ones on whose seed-packet it says "will do equally well in a 9" pot on a windowsill". That's another 6-foot bamboo cane supporting them. The tripod of 3-foot canes I gave them turned out to be totally inadequate.(It's still in there somewhere).

On the road side of the garden, the climbing French Beans take a sneaky peek over the brick wall... Maybe they give passers-by a tiny clue about what lies on the other side? My back garden is delightfully secluded and you can't see any of it from the road (except the tops of the trees, that is).

Up close to the house are some of the big tomatoes: "Orkado" at left, "Sungold" in the centre, and "Ferline" at the right.

The "Orkado" plant here has become so laden with fruit that it is top-heavy. I have therefore tied its supporting cane to the black drainpipe you see at the left of this photo.


  1. You do have some tall plants, but they all look very healthy. I love the tall tomatoes by the nice that you can see them so well from inside!

  2. My beans are on 8" canes too and with a foot underground it really makes 7.5' as the beds are raised 6". I have a stool in the garden though so I can reach things. It isn't very tall, but just enough to help.

  3. At least I have Martyn to reach up to the top of the beans. Our runners are just starting to produce mature pods but are absolutely loaded with babies.

  4. I rather like seeing the tops of the plants swaying in the wind.

  5. I love your asparagus ferns. Unfortunately mine don't look like that. Our kittens think I planted asparagus just for them, they had a wonderful time tearing up the ferns this year. Must build a taller fence around them next year.
    Love your beans and those tomatoes! Wow! I am just amazed at how many tomatoes you have on them.
    Cool moist conditions is probably why I never can grow raspberries here :(

  6. Everything looks so good!. It may have been a cool summer for you but it doesn't look like the plants have suffered too much. Some things are winding down here.

  7. All your plants really are tall... The highest in my garden is the Ceylon spinach climber which in spite of cutting back is as tall as me, climbing over the cloth line.


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