Monday, 16 February 2009

sweet peas

Last year was the best ever for sweat peas. they flowered continuously well into October. And the more you pick their sweet-scented flowers, the more they grow.

The only maintenance the plants need is the removal of tendrils and dead heading.

Their stems are wiry and very tough. Here, the seeds sown in November have struggled on through the coldest winter in a generation with no attention whatsoever. They were sown into potting compost contained in cardboard tubes (toilet paper tubes) and watered to get them going.

Now I know that there is a saying that plants thrive on neglect - but this is going some!

We'll need to give them some attention soon - the compost looks dry and when the soil has warmed through we will plant them out.

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