I hid them from the birds under transparent type 1 (pete) plastic bottle tops. They started falling off the tree at the beginning of September the last one being on the 16th. They don't keep; the first one having gone slightly yellow I decided to eat only to find the inside going over soft. Although sweet and tasty the skin was a bit rough and many times I spat bits out.
Apart from broad beans, which are very standard I have developed some unique crosses and varieties of other common types, Runner Beans, Borlotti, French beans (Cobra), Dwarf French beans and Red Kidney Beans.
Runner Beans I have over the years bought a few varieties, most have red flowers and there was one that had a red top and white lower lip. One type was called Enorma and had white seeds.The more common varieties had either a purple or white background with varying amount of darker patches that ranged from speckles to large dark areas, black over the purple and brown over white.
This year I have a totally black seeded variety, although I hadn't noticed any dark pods.
Here are the same varieties before they dry. The largest the purple ones top-right are some 3cm x 1.5cm these are the ones that turn black, or maybe that should be so dark purple.
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27th September 2106 Since early September and subsequent accident on 11th I have done no work on the invasive plants but may get a crack in the next week or two before mid October. I have however received a new proposal from Natural England.
Equivalent time spent on each: G.H. (1day) J.K. (2 days) H.B. (10 days)
20th October 2105 END
20th October 2104 END 9 days total
20th October 2102 END 19.5 days total