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09/06/2014 at 19:57

Wish I'd have known, rosemummy....I would have popped in for a cuppa. Yes, it is a lovely town, one we visit often. We had lunch at the Rutland Arms Hotel......a nice meal which we dragged-out cos it was pouring with rain.

Be patient, your SPs will soon be in flower.

PS. Jayne Austen stayed at the Rutland Arms when she was writing 'Pride and Prejudice'.


09/06/2014 at 20:54

One of my favourite books 

09/06/2014 at 21:03
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

One of my favourite books 


Hi, you will know, much of it was based around Derbyshire and it seems she stayed where we had lunch when she was researching for the book. I would like to think that 'Pemberley' was based on nearby Chatsworth, but probably not.

09/06/2014 at 21:19

Ignore the above.....just googled it and it seems Pemberley was based on Chatsworth.

09/06/2014 at 21:19

as i've just pm'd to o.l i must go to bed but had to have a quick catch up, i love jall jane austen books, and the brontes , david i always think pemberley was inspired by chatsworth, i love it there

09/06/2014 at 21:21

I've not been to Chatsworth but heard that Jane Austin had based one or maybe more books on it but wasn't sure which one(s).

Joanna Trollope has released a modern version of Sense and Sensibility....hmmmm, not sure about that one 

09/06/2014 at 21:32


Oh you must visit Chatsworth, OL. Breath-taking at every turn and the history.....including links to the Kennedys & Astaires.

I was last there at Christmas....such opulence.

10/06/2014 at 21:48

My first Sweet Peas, thank you so much for your advice, help and patience David......sending a thank you hug  

10/06/2014 at 22:05

Phew!!! We got there....I knew we would.

Thanks for the hug. I can go back to sleep now.

PS. Remember to keep cutting them and don't let them go to seed.

10/06/2014 at 22:13

I will do, thanks David.  I have some deep red ones too that will probably open tomorrow......proper chuffed 

10/06/2014 at 22:32

They look really healthy, OL.....perhaps my only reservation would be if their supports have enough height.

Enjoy the fragrance.  

11/06/2014 at 08:50

I was wondering that David......I may have to make some emergency supports....oops 

11/06/2014 at 10:45

Perhaps it might be worth mentioning here.....please don't me lulled into buying those silly little, fancy obelisks (sometimes made of willow or metal) which are not much more than a metre high and being sold as sweet pea supports......they are just totally inadequate.

11/06/2014 at 10:48

I've made my own for my other sweet peas, that are still quite small and nowhere near flowering, 12 ft bamboo canes tied together 

11/06/2014 at 12:37
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

I've made my own for my other sweet peas, that are still quite small and nowhere near flowering, 12 ft bamboo canes tied together 


I understand, OL, something 6 to 8ft will be perfectly adequate.

My previous post was just a general one really.

Oh, btw....Monty Don won't be cutting his for another month.

11/06/2014 at 13:29

Well what's good enough for Monty is good enough for me 

11/06/2014 at 14:02
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Well what's good enough for Monty is good enough for me 


I'm sure you don't mean that!  Or did you mean you wouldn't have mined waiting for another month? 

11/06/2014 at 16:05

Errr, yes, why what did you think I meant?  I hope you weren't being rude David K  I like his dog too 

11/06/2014 at 16:27

Rude, moi???  No  innuendo either, just couldn't fathom why you wouldn't have minded your SPs being ready a month later.  

For the record, I've always spoken highly of Nigel Don too.

11/06/2014 at 16:40

Well because I have some that are still tiny (compared to the flowering ones) so I thought you were telling me that it was ok because Monty's are later too, oho it's been a long day......I desperate need of some Vitamin D