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Orchid Lady

Love the lilac coloured ones, that is one of my favourite colours, in fact all shades of purple are my favourite colour.....apart from yellow 

David K
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Love the lilac coloured ones, that is one of my favourite colours, in fact all shades of purple are my favourite colour.....apart from yellow 

 

It's 'Dot Com', OL....listed as 'blue ripple'.

Btw, you'll be pleased to know that the colour yellow has so far eluded sweet breeders.

My sweet peas are thriving -  I have put in 2m canes but some of the main stems are now outgrowing these! Would it do any damage if I nipped out the bit where the tendrils grow? Its my first time growing them; when my grandma told me how well their sweet peas were growing last year, I actually thought that she was talking about a vegetable....

Lyn
David K wrote (see)
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

Love the lilac coloured ones, that is one of my favourite colours, in fact all shades of purple are my favourite colour.....apart from yellow 

 

It's 'Dot Com', OL....listed as 'blue ripple'.

Btw, you'll be pleased to know that the colour yellow has so far eluded sweet breeders.

Do you remember the Poster who showed us her tattoo's, didnt she say her yellow sweet peas were growing lovely?

Edd
David K wrote (see)
Btw, you'll be pleased to know that the colour yellow has so far eluded sweet breeders.

Tell me about it David K. I was hoping to have a full spectrum of them this year but yellow alluded me.

I have just found this so perhaps the only sweet-pea breeder is mother nature? Its scentless unfortunately so maybe a human breeder could give her a hand

http://www.westcoastseeds.com/admin/product/item/Wild-Yellow_FL3290.jpg

 

 Wild Yellow. Lathyrus chloranthus really is a wild, scentless species of sweet pea from central Asia, and grows to about 2.5m (97") if grown in fertile soil in a warm and sheltered spot. What a beauty! 

(west coast seeds)

Regards

Edd.

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Orchid Lady

That was Sweetpea Lyn, not sure she said yellow but may have missed it, I know I she lost quite a few plants though.

I thought I'd never seen yellow ones David, I'm not sure I'd actually like bright yellow sweet peas, although it's a lovely sunny colour I prefer it on sunflowers, daffodils, roses etc.....although a pale yellow, like a creamy lemon colour would look nice 

I'm disappointed with mine this year, I think I may have planted too many? Unsure, i seem to have loads of white flowers, only planted 1 whitish variety( albutt blue ) and 2 mixes, also painted lady and blue velvet oh and Gwendoline, thanks David for recommending that one, it's in a very tall pot and is lovely

David K

Awww....don't like anyone being disappointed, rosemummy.

 

David K

"Would it do any damage if I nipped out the bit where the tendrils grow?"

You would need to elaborate on this, Denno.

David K

Blimey....this fred has topped 1000 posts!

Edd

You started it David K. Still a great thread and a must read.

Thanks

Edd.

Ah David, maybe I have ridiculous expectations, my garden is tiny and I only have a tiny bed for them, last year was the first yesr I grew them and was pleasantly surprised they did so well, maybe as we're up nitro they're taking a bit of getting going... I' m still a very new gardener so hope disolay improves each year, I will try to do autumn as well as spring showings for next year

David K

Oh no, rosemummy....it's your expectations that keep you going.

Perhaps we can gear your plantings around your garden next year.

Lyn

I have most of my sweet peas with 4 flowers on, can you get 5 with a bit more tlc

 

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David K
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/Eagle%20Sweet%20Peas/P8060010.jpg

 

 Old fashioned sweet peas usually have 2 or 3 flowers per stem, occasionally 4. Late Spencer’s have 3 to 5…..while  5 or 6  would be preferable for exhibition, as above.

The flowers should face forward and cover the stem.

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Annie2810

Lovely pics. I didn't bother with SPs this year, but now wish I had!

David K
Annie2810 wrote (see)

Lovely pics. I didn't bother with SPs this year, but now wish I had!

 

Hello, Annie....hope your enjoying the forum and pleased you like SP pics.

Personally, I think they are the finest cut flower you can grow.

Lyn

David is Late Spencer the strain of seeds

David K
Lyn wrote (see)

David is Late Spencer the strain of seeds

 

Not exactly sure what your question is, Lyn.

Spencer sweet peas were developed by gardeners (many years ago)  at Althorp House. Yes, the ancestral home of the late Princess Di.

David K

Sorry, Lyn....just re-read my earlier post and understand what you mean.

By 'late spencer' I meant more recent introductions of Spencer varieties.