November is on its way and last year i found a new love of sweet peas. The month of March was the first batch i started and i cared for them like the new babies they were!I grew them in rich potting soil and tended to them daily, eventually pruning their leaves when they started to show signs of growing. I neeeeeed spring to come early this year and am already longing for the garden to be full of color so therefore i am going to sew a batch of peas in pots for an early show.
By sewing seedlings early i am setting myself up for a really strong plant. Sweet peas are the ideal flower to grow if you love cut flowers as they just keep on giving, everytime you cut another grows which means a sweet aroma and fresh flowers for 6 months of the year.
All you need are small seed pots, some compost and sweet peas. If you visit the garden center this time of year seeds should be heavily reduced. I recommend “Heaven scent” if you like a fragranced flower which blooms in pastel colors. Amazing for a flower photographer, displaying at an English tea party or just using as a prop.
The slower growth through the winter fosters sturdier plants and stockier shoots far more able to withstand any hard weather after planting out. Likewise, the longer life in the pots produces a prolific root system and, in turn, more vigorous growth throughout the longer flowering season. This in turn gives longer stems, extra size and quality of bloom – and in good time for the early shows if exhibiting. The disadvantages of autumn sowing are merely the chores of the winter care, actually a routine of great interest.
If you had a fragranced bunch of sweet peas then how would you use them?
I love to invite my sisters for afternoon tea and use sweet peas and hessian attached to their napkins.
Until next time xx