Co Antrim Garden, Northern Ireland

This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg & flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create an outdoor personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre of wild meadows.

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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Sweet Pea - is it worth it?

Sweet Pea... it germinates easily enough (70:30 germination ratio) however if I don't keep a watchful eye on it, suddenly I end up with a giant, knotted mess (untangleable). Also, it has to be deadheaded at least weekly to keep it flowering well. Sometimes I wonder is it worth it???

This variety is very sweet smelling and pretty. I have it growing in a pot up a metal trellis.

Variety: Sweet Pea Old Spice Mixed (grandiflora), Hardy Annual, Mr Fothergill's Seeds, 30 seeds, £1.85.

1 comment:

  1. I love Sweet Pea's. I've never grown them but my Grandfather did in Manitoba Canada and his were HUGE and so sweet smelling. He would let some of them go to seed and then he would collect the seeds and pick only the largest and most healthy. Every year they seemed to grow better and better...people would stop and admire my Grandparents garden. My Nana was from England and had a wonderful green thumb. Your sweet peas look wonderful...I bet it smells wonderful when you're working around them. That's one plant I'd like to try growing next year. Have a wonderful evening.
    Maura :)