Sweetness Arrived

The very first sweet peas of the season have arrived, bringing their intense scent with them …….. carried indoors into an awaiting jam jar.

I love sweet peas – a quintessential Cottage garden plant. I hadn’t grown them before we moved to this new place and have had mixed results. The first Summer they did very well – growing up and over a hedge which was allowed to grow higher than normal . Last Summer they struggled in the drought – plus I had sown them in the wrong place – quite shallow soil at the edge of a bed.  I had a handful of blooms before they succumbed to a bad greenfly infestation due to the heat and a shallow depth of soil.

This little group of sweet peas – a heritage variety bred for its scent – has been sown into deep rich soil to grow up an obelisk. I hope they will be able to withstand better any extreme weather and insect invasion.

10 thoughts on “Sweetness Arrived

        1. Ha, ha! Here, there are plant nurseries rather than big chain garden centres which sell tat alongside plants. One favourite of ours is situated in the middle of nowhere along a steep, narrow, and precarious track, set in acres of land amidst farms. They provide free refreshments to visitors and you are allowed to walk all around the site. If you see a plant you like even if it isn’t labelled for sale, they will probably let you buy it. They are pretty knowledgeable too; a fab place!

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    1. I understand that they prefer cool summers and to have their feet in deep moist soil. With climate change and the resulting hotter summers, sweet peas may not do so well. Maybe plant breeders are working on a hybrid which will cope better with the heat.

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