Plant-Lore

Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Runner bean

1. Taught to me by the farm manager when we lived at Rothamsted Experimental Station in Hertfordshire from 1958-60 … Fred Burton used to say ‘The 14th of May is runner bean day’, and I remind my husband every year as he rushes to plant them earlier! [Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, July 1997].

0592. In our area the time to plant runner beans was 23 May [Lower Quinton, Warwickshire, October 1993].

3. [Ashford area, Kent] Runner beans planted on May Day [Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, February 1991].

Images: main, cultivated, Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, Southbank Centre, London Borough of Lambeth, September 2015; inset, cultivated, The Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands, September 2015.