Give beans the run of the place

Jackie French
Updated July 2 2021 - 3:34am, first published October 13 2019 - 12:00am

I am just about to plant the background scenery staple of every English murder mystery series you have ever seen. The detective heads down to the allotment to interview the witness or find the body, and there behind them is a trellis of runner beans, a mass of green leaves and bright orange red flowers. Just like the villain - you can't escape runner beans in a BBC mystery.

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Jackie French

Jackie French

Canberra Times columnist

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian, ecologist and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children' Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. She also writes a gardening column for The Canberra Times.

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