So a sweet pea sort of a weekend. Firstly, Louise, my friend from the beautiful garden at Kingston Rectory, brought me a Tangier Pea, Lathyrus tingitanus, (above) grown from Sarah Raven seed. It’s supposed to clamber like a clematis, so now all I have to do is decide where to put it – and wait for the temperature to warm up (it’s hardly Tangier centigrade here at the moment).
Secondly I finally planted my own sweet pea seeds. I bought seed this year from English Sweet Peas for the first time. I was tempted by some of their mixes, particularly the ‘Parfumiere Mix’ from the ‘Sweet peas for fragrance’ collection. I also bought ‘Mrs Collier’, ‘Cupid Purple’, ‘Lianne Marie’ and ‘Breath of Fresh Air Mix’.
I plant my sweet peas in old washing liquid capsule boxes – it makes me feel green recycling the boxes, but sadly think I’m paying way over the odds for my washing liquid. I planted the seeds in multipurpose compost, figuring they didn’t need cosseting in a seed mix, and didn’t chit or soak. I’ll keep you posted on their germination.
Meanwhile I’ll share a picture of sweet peas on the pergola last year, as well as the serried rows of planted seeds from this afternoon. Oh the potential – surely it’s what keeps us all going?
GARDEN WORK THIS WEEK:
- As well as the sweet pea seed planting described above, I also planted some poppies (Papaver orientale – ‘Patty’s Plum’ and ‘Manhattan’ above) bought as bare root plants from Hayloft Plants. They’d arrived before Christmas but had been ignored until now, largely due to the Madeira sojourn. I gave them a soak and planted them up. Annoyingly I managed to mix up the two varieties in the process, but at least they’ve now got their feet in some soil…
- And no, I still haven’t cleaned the rest of the greenhouse, which made taking the photo of the sweet pea seeds quite an art in avoiding the grotty bits.