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Orchid Lady

So when you cut sweet peas, do they produce more flowers?  As I've said before, mine have never been great so I haven't picked many but have always been wary in case I don't get more flowers  I can't remember what happened with my mum's as I was too young, I just remember the smell!

fidgetbones

I grow them in the veg patch and then strip every flower off every couple of days. That way it doesn't matter as to what the plant looks like. All the flowers go in vases or get given away. The more you pick, the more you get.

Orchid Lady

I was wondering about what to put on my veg patch as I would like some flowers on there and I have a fence I can out them against.  The ones I have grown now I am going to put on the veg patch and try that FB, my 'best' ones are going in big planters 

Mina lobata is another nice climber worth considering. Its not fragrant but very pretty. 

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Orchid Lady

I am growing them for the smell Allium, but thanks for the suggestion 

i think they look beautiful in garden ut i like a cottagey look, david,sorry i put question in other sp thread, wondered what else you let grow where you plant your sweet peas, i put few spring bulbs in 1 bed, but where i plan to put others it's full of perennials, should i dig alll up or just make bit of room and let perennials grow roud base?

Orchid Lady

My sweet peas look very sad in their pots  I might plant them out, is it too soon?

You said that they need deep post David for the roots, but how deep?  I have some ceramic planters which are about 1ft high, possibly a bit higher, is that big enough?

Orchid Lady

Thanks David, I am thinking of planting these sad ones in my veg patch anyway, it will by the new seeds when I I sow them that are going into pots. I pinched them out yesterday, topped up the pots as they didn't have enough compost and they were out overnight, slight frost but still alive!!

Busy-Lizzie

Wow! David! Half mine haven't germinated, did all that I should have done according to advice. They were going straggly on a windowsill in a cool room, now are in a cold frame. I used loo roll middles which are starting to fall apart. Silly me! They are bio-degradable ones!

Busy-Lizzie

Tracey, if you want flowers in the veg garden there are lots that go well. Sweet peas of course, French Marigolds to keep whitefly of tomatoes, nasturtiums to keep blackfly of broad beans. You can eat nasturtiums too, the flowers and the leaves, pretty and peppery in salads. You can grow flowers for picking to put in vases indoors, antirrhinums, cosmos, cornflowers, dahlias.

david i do pick them every day and don't let any seed pods stay, mine are shockingly straggly,must get mini greenhouse up,tracey my friend grows hers in 2ft planter as wel as ground, ones in pots never do as well