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22/05/2013 at 20:58

Am I not giving them enough support? I almost snapped stems when tried to tie them into bamboo canes,though was gentle,should i tie in or not? Should i use sturdier supports?

25/05/2013 at 19:54

my sweet peas are lovely and growing. they are very strong ,no flowers yet.Has anyone heard from David?He has helped me along .I will show some pics good or bad ,hopefully good when blooming. Ta Debra

17/08/2013 at 19:50

I followed all David K suggested. I have been really pleased with my sweet peas- I posted a pic on another thread. All I have found is that seed pods have started before all petals (or whatever they are called)  on stem have opened.

Thank you David K

17/08/2013 at 21:06

i am glad you bumped this up potty i couldnt find it on here only on the beeb forum

18/08/2013 at 07:36
little-ann wrote (see)

i am glad you bumped this up potty i couldnt find it on here only on the beeb forum

I'm still around folks & willing to help with your SP issues.

I was off the scene earlier (April) due to undergoing eye surgery & the resulting loss of vision.

18/08/2013 at 08:11

thanks david could you post some pictures of different varieties you have grown

ann 

18/08/2013 at 08:21
http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/29488.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 

TBH, I haven't taken many pics this year, Ann, but this is one I do have....think they are mostly Eagle's Fancy Collection. 

Remember to click on the pic.

18/08/2013 at 08:59

Hopefully vision back to normal (or even better?) David.

You may recall that I had high hopes of growing Cupani this year - due to a series of family mini-crises I didn't sow them in the autumn and left it until spring to start them off - however, not a single one germinated.  I've since read that Cupani can be difficult to germinate 

If that's so I'll try a different variety this autumn - any suggestions as to something more likely to co-operate? - I like blues/pinks/creams etc with lots of scent 

18/08/2013 at 09:12

Well, Dove....I can't see why Cupani should be any more difficult to germinate than any other...it is unsurpassed for fragrance.

To meet your needs for this autumn, you may wish to consider Eagle's 'Centenary Collection'.

 

18/08/2013 at 09:19

I grow Cupani every year Dove and don't do anything different with them to the others I grow. I put a pic recently on the Garden Gallery thread of a little bunch I'd picked. I started mine off indoors this year because of the cold spring but  normally just stick them straight into the  pots they're going to be in outside. I grew Cathy this year which has great scent. Cream coloured but a little muddy looking when you see them up close.

18/08/2013 at 11:24

Now I'm spoilt for choice - Eagle's Centenary Collection look gorgeous, particularly apt for me is their Lord Nelson, living as I do in Nelson's Own county , and Cathy too looks lovely FG, and it's described as heavily scented, which is just what I want.  I might have to get both  

And this time I'll make sure I start them off in the autumn - no family crises permitted!

19/08/2013 at 07:50

Had the pleasure of visiting Eagle SPs nursery (not open to the public) and thought I would share:

 http://s27.photobucket.com/user/DavidKnapper/slideshow/Eagle%20Sweet%20Peas

 

19/08/2013 at 16:56

Lovely pics David. My sweet peas have been so much better this year thanks to your help

22/08/2013 at 18:54

Picked these this afternoon for my daughter...thought you may like t see them.

 

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/DSCN0893.jpg

 Remember to click the pic.

25/08/2013 at 18:09

What a smashing thread,just found it today and have sat with a cup of coffee reading all the posts. My sweet peas have been uprooted today as they were just about finished. They were Blue Ballerina( I think)  Autumn sown, long stems nice scent. They flowered well for a couple of months but then declined. They were grown in a large tub as I was short of space, HOWEVER, I now realise where I went wrong and why they dwindled, the pot was bone dry even though I thought I was thoroughly watering it. Obviously the water was just running straight through...you live and learn by your experiences don't you. Back to planting in the border next year.

26/08/2013 at 09:47

Bilji...glad to hear you enjoyed this thread.

Although I do appreciate that sometimes needs must, I've never been keen on growing SPs in containers. They are so deep rooted, they are best grown in deep cultivated ground in the open if possible.

Of course, autumn sown plants will stop flowering ahead of those sown the spring anyway....a good plan is the hedge your bets by sowing seed at both times. 

26/08/2013 at 23:01

David- having taken your advice I sowed some in the autumn and then did what someone on here suggested and put some seeds on wet kitchen paper just before planting them out. When I planted them I just popped the sprouting seeds in between each. It means I still have lots and they still have lovely long stalks

27/08/2013 at 06:48
The potty gardener wrote (see)

David- having taken your advice I sowed some in the autumn and then did what someone on here suggested and put some seeds on wet kitchen paper just before planting them out. When I planted them I just popped the sprouting seeds in between each. It means I still have lots and they still have lovely long stalks


 

 

Glad to hear about your success, although those long stems you mention are down to the quality of the seed, rather than cultivation methods…..always best to buy quality seed.

27/08/2013 at 07:45

Mine are all spring sown and still flowering away.  Our season's slower to get going up here anyway and they don't mind the cooler weather in Sptember so it suits me and they often keep going in October. Mine are all in pots- albeit big deep ones - as I've rarely had a suitable area on a fence or wall to plant them in the ground. Keeping them well fed and watered is the key- and picking them. That's not too hard a chore though when you have the pleasure of a little pot of them in the living room!  

Perhaps you could give us all a few recommendations David- scents and colours etc so that we can all experiment for next year!

27/08/2013 at 09:31

"Perhaps you could give us all a few recommendations David- scents and colours etc so that we can all experiment for next year!"

There are so many, Fairygirl, but for scent, "Cupani" stands out above all...... and if scent is your priority, I can recommend David Matthewman's 'Chelsea Highly Scented Collection'.

For beauty + scent, I would need to ponder at length on that one.