Well, nearly time to get some sleep, but I've spent a good hour checking out these wonderful beans. Spek is indeed bacon, and bonen bean. This makes no sense to me, so not much of a clue. The Latin name is Phaseolus vulgaris, and the varieties are many so it seems. These are french beans, and they climb. They are, evidently only half hardy, and can be cut down by cold wind as well as a frost. The longest ones in the bunch are known as ''yard long'' and are green. I found two yellow varieties called Rocquencourt and Neckergold, and four purple ones called Amethyst, Purple teepee, Violetto, and Cosse violet. I hope to pick at least one of these and try them out next season...... as long as I can be in charge of half (at least) of our new small tunnel.