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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 20:52

Just dug this shot out  that I took ages ago. During a particularly good summer when everything went right, this was the amount I cut in one day.....sorry the pic is a tad dark in the foreground.

 Edit: Tracy, those in my previous pic were the Staffordshire Collection.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 20:38


Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

Beautiful  My mum used to always have her sweet peas in the house in summer, not show standard like yours but the smell was amazing 


Tracy - As I have said previously, I rarely show SPs these days (been there done that etc) but often get involved showing or judging at a village level.

These are a sample of my cut flowers that smell every bit as good as those on the show bench.....sorry I can't get the pic below the text.  

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 20:12


Not sure, Tracy....each vase is of a single variety and submitted by an individual competitor.....they may have several entries in the same show.

I think these shots were  taken at The Royal Sweet Pea Society's show at Wem in Shropshire....usually held in July. 

Individual exhibits are like the above.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 19:07

I think I must have covered this before, but here's how it is.

Autumn sown sweet peas usually flower a couple of months ahead of those sown outdoors. For cut flowers for the house it matters not, but for enthusiasts who wish to show theirs during early to late summer or those wishing to have early flowers, autumn sowing is a must.

For me autumn sowing is easy and is only as complicated as we would like to make it.

Yer pays yer money etc.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 17:00


Typical sweet pea show display.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 16:57
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

David, my sweet peas that are in the garage (the ones I posted a picture of the other day), would they be ok left outside and just taken in again if there is a risk of frost?  You are right about needing all round light and that is the only way they can get it.  It is currently averaging between 9-12c here during the day.


Yes, they will be fine, Tracy.... but as they are a tad leggy, perhaps you could shelter them from the wind.

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 11:29

Thanks, fidget. I think a lot of us can relate to the torch/snail shot and I like the bee & hornet getting it on too.....great bit of opportunism.

Camera Corner

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 11:22

 Another couple taken yesterday....thought Tracy may like.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 09:37
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

I'm going to David, the plan is to do half now and half in Autumn. Thanks 

Sounds like a plan!

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 09:31

Good luck with them, Tracy....maybe worth holding a few back for autumn sowing.

Try not to overcrowd the seed i.e. at least 6 inches between seeds.

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