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09/05/2014 at 22:00

Thanks, OL....of course, I'll need to be charging for this stuff when I'm famous.

Understand it's just a tiny bud and the plants are little more than 18" tall.

09/05/2014 at 22:06

18"?? That's about twice the size of mine 

Do we get a family and friends discount on David K Sweet  Peas?? 

09/05/2014 at 22:11
Please don't be famous before the wedding- I haven't budgeted for sp advice!
09/05/2014 at 22:12
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

18"?? That's about twice the size of mine 

Do we get a family and friends discount on David K Sweet  Peas?? 

I've already told to mention my name when you order from from Eagle SPs and you may get a discount. 

09/05/2014 at 22:13
linzy wrote (see)
Please don't be famous before the wedding- I haven't budgeted for sp advice!


09/05/2014 at 22:13
Ps delay in response as I was back-scrolling to find your advice on pinching out (p24 if anyone else thinking 'is it time yet') before I asked!
10/05/2014 at 07:43

David that is absolutely fantastic how exciting please do keep us up to date, by the way after seeing one of your pics, i got 'gwendoline' seeds.i planted them a month later than others, they germinated quickly, i didn't harden off poroperly just left outside, planted in ground and you can't tell the difference at the moment,i have planted 3 plants in a 3 foot tall pot, it had no drainage holes so i wedged a normal pot in about a foot from the bottom, filled with compost and planted,with all this rain though i think i' d better get some holes in the bottom,it's not heavy so it could be tilted over and held while this is done rather than emptying it... i hope!

10/05/2014 at 08:33

Thanks, rosemummy......on reflection, perhaps I shouldn't have said anything. The request was from Eagle SPs, probably on of the best sweet pea specialist growers in the country, who are local to me and good friends.

They have a long list and in all probability (if I accept) can take years to happen....depending on the number of their new introductions.

I'm familiar with most of the origins of most of Eagle's names, most are the names of family members & friends. 

10/05/2014 at 11:24

How lovely - and well-deserved David   Have you any idea of the colour you will be?

10/05/2014 at 11:28

What  a lovely honour to receive David 

Dove - I reckon David's flower will be like him - rich, sumptuous, mysterious and perhaps.....frilly...

10/05/2014 at 11:49

I know I'm banned from here after my comment about SP's  but have to say you deserve it David.

I think the sweet pea will be red & white

10/05/2014 at 11:55
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

How lovely - and well-deserved David   Have you any idea of the colour you will be?

Not a clue, all depends how successful there are at developing new varieties....I would rather it would have red in its base colour.

Erm  not sure where I'm portraying this 'frilly' side of my persona, F.

I think I should clear something up, that has been on my mind for a little while now. It's regarding my always recommending Eagle Sweet Peas....I have to assure people that in my own experience they are probably one of the best sweet specialists in the country and the quality of their seed and choice of varieties are the very best.

However (as I have mentioned previously) their nursery (not open to the public) is local to me and I know the family well, this doesn't mean that I would seek free publicity for them, or would I recommend them if their product was anything less than I claim.

There are about six top sweet specialists out there, one is Matthewmans who I would also recommend.

10/05/2014 at 12:45

My little Eagle Sp's (I can't remember which ones but have sown 3 varieties around 6 canes,  3 different colours to compliment each other) have almost all germinated, I think the ones that haven't may have been disturbed (flaming hounds!!!!).  They are now growing nicely and with the warm weather today and big rain shower we have just had they should be shooting up in no time 

I forgot to ask for my discount but will remember next time 

13/05/2014 at 14:50

Everything is so early this year, my sweet peas are in bud already and a couple are about to break so by the end of the week I will have my first blooms of the year.

Thats 3 weeks earlier than last year after the cold spring we had then.

14/05/2014 at 09:28

*For the most part I usually have sweet peas to cut in May from my autumn sowings...but as I have said here many times, they are also over by late August/early September... they peak in July, after that the stems begin to shorten.  Alternatively, those from spring sowings will flower between July and the onset of winter frosts.

So a good plan is to sow at both times for a continuation of cut flowers from May onwards.

*This is important for me, as most sweet pea shows are held from mid to late summer.


14/05/2014 at 10:14

That's a good plan, thank you David 

15/05/2014 at 15:42

wow scroggin, when did you plant? i planted mine early march all look ok but definitely no buds yet

15/05/2014 at 16:19

Rosemummy,they were autumn sown, overwintered in a cold frame and I planted them out on 27th March, they are about 3ft up the canes, I grow mine at the end of my runner bean trench so have incorporated loads of manure.

Early on in the season I sometimes get a bit of bud drop, I think this is due to the swing in temperatures we get, this year there is a bit too but I have about 6 blooms now about to break out and loads of buds following on.

As David K has said the autumn ones flower early but finish early too, normally mine are past their best by the end of August. I dont grow for exhibition but I do remove some of the sideshoots as they can get very unruly otherwise.

My seeds are from Matthewmans, like Eagle they are quality growers and have never let me down.

16/05/2014 at 09:38

Hi everyone I'm looking for some advice on sweet peas. I am growing them for a forthcoming wedding (6 weeks time) but they are peeking too early. They are in a polytunnel on frames and are hitting 6 foot tall, all flowers have been removed as they form but I think they will run out of growth long before they are needed. I'm tempted to cut a foot of the top and let them form new side shoots does anyone know whether this would work and if the resulting flowers would be any use ie not all short stemmed and piddly. Grateful for any help with this one.

16/05/2014 at 10:46

David will be along to help you Clive! He's grown them to show standard so he'll know what to advise.