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Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:31
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Deep envy 


Ah! But nothing is as it seems, Dove.....that's from three 20ft double rows. Although, I do pick about the same two or three times a week.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 18:01
Fairygirl wrote (see)

David - I think that might be the reason I first grew them- the fact that they had some history. I knew they were amongst the oldest ones but not sure if I knew the whole story - or maybe I've just forgotten! It's nice to have something still growing well today after hundreds of years. Matucana is very similar and is often mistaken for it but I've not grown that before.


TBH, I don't grow them now. My main criteria these days is for the show bench....I've been lucky enough to more silverware this year.

 This is what we aim for:





Posted: 27/08/2013 at 17:52

My recommendation in this situation would be to grow the white flowered variety 'White Lady' she sets well in warm weather & is a super tasting good all rounder.

I’ve picked 15lbs today!


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 17:29

Fairygirl - You may already know this (others may not), Cupani can be traced back to the 17th century when it's richly coloured but relatively small flowers possessed a powerful and attractive fragrance.

These qualities were enough to ensure its survival after it reached these shores, courtesy of a Sicilian monk, Franciscus Cupani, who sent seeds to Dr. Robert Uvedale, a schoolmaster of Enfield, in 1699.

Cupani clearly considered the sweet pea to be of some importance, because he also sent seed to Caspar Commelin in Amsterdam at the same time.

So it’s the daddy of them all.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 16:04

Well done, Ann.....a beautiful display you have there.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 09:31

"Perhaps you could give us all a few recommendations David- scents and colours etc so that we can all experiment for next year!"

There are so many, Fairygirl, but for scent, "Cupani" stands out above all...... and if scent is your priority, I can recommend David Matthewman's 'Chelsea Highly Scented Collection'.

For beauty + scent, I would need to ponder at length on that one.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 06:48
The potty gardener wrote (see)

David- having taken your advice I sowed some in the autumn and then did what someone on here suggested and put some seeds on wet kitchen paper just before planting them out. When I planted them I just popped the sprouting seeds in between each. It means I still have lots and they still have lovely long stalks



Glad to hear about your success, although those long stems you mention are down to the quality of the seed, rather than cultivation methods…..always best to buy quality seed.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 26/08/2013 at 09:47

Bilji...glad to hear you enjoyed this thread.

Although I do appreciate that sometimes needs must, I've never been keen on growing SPs in containers. They are so deep rooted, they are best grown in deep cultivated ground in the open if possible.

Of course, autumn sown plants will stop flowering ahead of those sown the spring anyway....a good plan is the hedge your bets by sowing seed at both times. 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 18:54

Picked these this afternoon for my daughter...thought you may like t see them.

 Remember to click the pic.


Posted: 19/08/2013 at 08:17
David K wrote (see)

Had the pleasure of visiting Eagle SPs nursery (not open to the public) and thought I would share these pics:



Sorry folks....posted this on the wrong fred.

Have re-posted on the SP thread now.

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