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17/06/2014 at 19:06

I have buds on my sweet peas! Hurrah! Only...a few of the clusters of buds look a bit droopy, should they?

17/06/2014 at 19:54

The first flowers on my spring sown sweet peas


17/06/2014 at 19:56

Dove, lovely. I've been waiting since 8am for these pics

17/06/2014 at 20:04

 Sorry KEF 

17/06/2014 at 22:18

Lovely Dove, aren't they pretty  In my mix selection from Wilkos a really vivid pink has flowered today, almost a neon pink, very unusual I thought for a sweet pea and very pretty 

18/06/2014 at 08:25

lovely, i go out every morning but flowers still a day or 2 away

18/06/2014 at 08:29

Once they start Louise there's no stopping them 

18/06/2014 at 08:37

Lovely sweet peas Dove, mine are ages away, I only put them in their final pots at the weekend.  The second one is gorgeous.

18/06/2014 at 09:00

Here are a few of mine.  I'm hoping the bees they are attracting will start paying some attention to my courgettes as they are on the veg patch and not doing as well as the ones I have just brought out of the GH.  Every time I walk to my GH I am met with the scent of the sweet peas, it's beautiful 

The pink ones in the middle are the ones I mentioned last night.

18/06/2014 at 09:23

o.l they're lovely well done, hope mine catch up by weekend, forgot to say werll done on cucumber, it looked yum, i'm afraid i bought a tiny plant and left  it out when we had all that rain, it drowned

18/06/2014 at 12:43
rosemummy wrote (see)

I have buds on my sweet peas! Hurrah! Only...a few of the clusters of buds look a bit droopy, should they?


Absolutely no problem, rosemummy, it's perfectly normal.

Nice SPs Dove  OL....and Dove, you managed it without any help from me.

18/06/2014 at 13:00

I've had my eyes open and my ears pinned back David 

18/06/2014 at 16:34
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

I've had my eyes open and my ears pinned back David 

You're far too modest, our have no need any advice from me, I'm sure.

Btw, can't do smileys on this pc I'm on.

20/06/2014 at 15:51


My sweet pea plants always seem to go brown and ugly at the bottom.  Would there be a reason for this?


I enclose a photograph (Sorry, the photo is rotated 90 degrees!)


21/06/2014 at 11:15

Hi, Peter...sorry for taking so long to reply.

There are quite a few reasons why your SPs are as you describe. The first suspect is overwatering, especially during cool weather....this can cause root-rot.

Also, sweet peas need a fairly neutral soil, maybe yours is acid or alkaline?

21/06/2014 at 21:21

Hi David,

Many thanks.  They were probably watered rather too much at the when they were planted out, so that maybe it.

I have also ordered a soil testing kit.  Is there stuff you can add to the soil to may it more neutral.

Many thanks

PS - Went to Wisley (RHS) last Sunday.  If you get a chance to go to the Sweet Pea trial fields, they are fantastic.

21/06/2014 at 21:32

Hi, Peter

I think I was probably right. It's just while they're getting established we need to be careful about watering, they don't like standing in cold wet soil.

Regarding your soil pH, there are steps you can take, but it isn't critical and maybe the soil test should be done first.

Thanks for the info about Wisley trial fields....I haven't visited them.

Btw, I shall be at Wem (Shropshire) on the 19th July for their annual SP show, if anyone would like to say hello.  

23/06/2014 at 18:59

There is nothing better at the end of tiring day than sitting with a cup of tea at my kitchen table whilst 'chatting with friends' and enjoying the beautiful fragrance of my sweet peas 

23/06/2014 at 19:07

 Yes I know my supports need to be higher, it's my weekend job 

23/06/2014 at 21:16

Snot the supports wots bothering me......they need cutting, even if you throw them on the compost heap.