Thanks for the names David. They really are stunning - and it's lovely to see fresh vibrant blooms which haven't been ruined with rain.
It's torrential here and there are greenfly absolutely everywhere on the buds. It's a slippery paddle to get to them at the moment.
Can I ask how you support yours - cordon or other? You have probably gone over this on this forum already so apologies if I'm covering old ground. I have never mastered supporting them well. In this small garden I have about an 8foot length of a very thin section at the back of a border so have only room for 8 8ft high canes. All I've ever done (other than an obelisk in a big wooden tub with sweet peas) is have the canes upright supported by horizontal wiring to keep them straight with two substantial wooden pillars either side sunk into the ground to keep them all taught. I plant 2 sweet peas at the foot of each cane and just let them climb straight up. I have to keep removing the tendrils every few days otherwise they get very tangled and it gets messy. I have substantial (but thin) wire netting attached across these canes and I tie them in (every few days at the moment) with plant ties which hold well but allow a little expansion.
I'm not sure how to explain what advice I'm asking for here.. Basically, they always grow up the canes really well and bloom very high. But when I see lovely sweet peas on tv or in people's photographs, they seem to really bush out even forward away from the canes (don't know how to describe this) and look lovely and natural. The way I do mine they just shoot up the canes like stiff soldiers and it's all leaves and stalks until very high - and then that's it.
I'm thinking that I maybe ought to plant more than 2 at the foot of each cane or do it some other way to achieve the lovely 'look' that others seem to get. Or - maybe I just don't prepare the soil well enough or feed them correctly to produce a better abundance of blooms other than right at the top.
I wish I'd been more attentive of gardening when I was a child and my dad used to produce lovely Sweet Peas - but by that time it was the 70's and teenage years and the attention span for such things was far too short!
Sorry for such long and tedious posts everyone. Yawn at leisure