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.
No pears in 2016 or 2017. Although there were hundreds of flowers in 2018 there were only two pears, which fell on 8th or 9th September
Eaten the second pear on 13th so 4 or 5 days after fall
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