Runner beans are excellent and we grow them most years. Our garden is really small, so the best way for us is to grow them is in pots which also means we can always move them to where we need them to be as well! Their flowers vary from variety to variety but are quite beautiful and a such an attraction for bees and hoverflies.
|Runner bean - variety 'Enorma'|
Peas grown in the previous year's potato growbags were surprisingly successful last year. Not only did we get the best crop ever but planting them up out of the way means that the invasion by slugs and snails is greatly reduced - we will probably always grow them like this from now on. Started off in small pots they transfer well and soon settle their roots to make good growth.
|Peas - variety 'First Early'|
I thought it might be worth giving some flowers a try this year too. Not being particularly fond of the usual Busy Lizzies, african marigolds and salvias, I chose the following 4........
Cornflowers make excellent cut flowers and equally as good dried flowers. Nigella has beautiful architecturally structured flowers which leave the most amazing seed pods afterwards. Cosmos flowers are like big floaty saucers and can last well in to the autumn. Calendula (English marigold), as well as being shades of deep rich orange though to gold and yellow also has medicinal properties and will freely self seed if you let it.
We installed a new birdhouse too - a little late in the season really but it was such a bargain at £4 and the prospective new residents will get used to it soon, nestling into the remains of the dead ivy which should be full of nice bugs and spiders.
Also, a little trip out to North Wales on Saturday took us past the market in Mold (on the way to Moel Famau) and that was where I found these!
|Hyacinth - white|
|Hyacinth - blue|
Can't wait for the lovely perfume but it should be a couple of weeks away yet - so nice to look forward to and a lot quicker than all that veg!!!