Originally from Ohio, this standard-looking bell pepper ripens from green to red, but it is unusual in having a slightly matte finish to its skin. For people who do not like the usually tough skin of bell peppers this may be more palatable. Seed guardians have described the pepper as “very fleshy, very rich flavour, excellent roasted in oil, and very prolific”. It may require staking to support the fruit.
A fairly slow-growing variety producing small fruit (1-1.5cm long) with pointed ends. Produces compact plants that are perfect for growing in pots on a windowsill. The peppers are extremely hot and care should be taken when handling, preparing and eating them. Prolonged handling of the seed can also cause irritation, so take care if seed saving.
Syn. Purple Tiger. Produces pretty plants with variegated cream and green leaves, purple flowers and dark purple/black, bullet-shaped fruits that turn red when ripe. We recommend early sowing (February/early March) and a long growing season for this pepper. The peppers are extremely hot and care should be taken when handling, preparing and eating them. Prolonged handling of the seed can also cause irritation, so take care if seed saving.
Dating back to around 1910, this is a conventional-looking radish, but with larger (3-4cm diameter), round roots. The solid white flesh is firm, crisp and mild. Hardy, attractive and quick to mature, so perfect for successional sowing. It is also reluctant to become pithy or hollow, even when large. Sow to harvest 29 days (approx.)
A robust winter storage radish with pink roots and crisp, white, medium to strong-flavoured flesh, making it ideal grated for salads or coleslaw. Sow in July/August allowing a little more space than for summer radishes, as the roots are large. Can be left in the ground until required, making it a good winter standby for fresh salads.
Syn. Serpent's Tail. Grown for its long edible seed pods rather than its roots. Thrives in hot weather. First mentioned in this country in Carter and Son’s Vade Mecum (which eventually became known as their Blue Books) of 1868, which stated, “It is a native of Java where it is known under the name Mongri or snake radish, and is much used in some parts of India for salading etc.” Pick the pods at around 10-15cm when they will be crisp and tender with a strong, peppery flavour. Can be eaten fresh, cooked in stir fries or even pickled.
Syn. New London Particular. An ex-commercial variety with long, pink, tapering roots, best used at around 5-7cm. Listed in Carters Blue Book in 1845, it is hardy, pest resistant and bred for forcing under cold frames, but does well outside. Has a mild, sweet flavour with peppery note.
Our donor has known of this bean since the 1940s. Her family have always grown them, preserving the beans by salting. A robust variety that can be sown in the glasshouse for an early crop, or outdoors as late as July and still achieve a good yield of tender beans that only become stringy when over-mature. Shows some frost tolerance too.
After learning about HSL membership at a meeting of her local gardening society, our donor passed us some of her runner bean seeds. She has grown them and saved the seeds for more than 50 years without ever knowing their correct name. She has always known them as Lord Mildmay's after the owner of the Shoreham Place, Kent (unfortunately now demolished) where the variety originated.