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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 09:41


Hi, those long straight stems. There are two methods of growing SPs.

1) the decorative method & 2) the cordon method. The decorative method is for growing for cut flowers and involves nothing more elaborate than providing adequate support & letting them romp away.The cordon method is very labour intensive, but the one used by exhibitors.

I've posted a cordon growing guide on page 23 of this thread.  


Camera Corner

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:39

Anyone share my point of view?

I becoming increasing disillusioned with the completion side of my camera club, particularly with the digital manipulation with 'photoshop' and other similar software.

I prefer not to enter any of my work on the basis that the judges even seem to insist that certain aspects of the entries being so manipulated.

Not sure if I'm inclined to be a member anymore.  


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:15

Is this a record? Just had an email informing me that someone on GW forum had sent me a PM.......I actually received, read and responded to it on the 12th March.

Container grown Acer

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 16:10

Meomye - The one in the garden (although it's still  in a pot) is Acer 'Garnet', I'm not sure about the name of the other at the fact I gave it away a couple of years ago.

Both are over 10 years old and were bargain buys as tiny plants.....I think it was Woolworths.

Edit. In a shaded/sheltered corner facing north.

Container grown Acer

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 15:43


Meomye - This is two I have growing in a pots.....apologies to those who have seen them before, but I thought it would help.



Posted: 18/03/2014 at 12:28
summerpots wrote (see)

You reminded me that I had one of those but it never grew as well as that ... that is a beautiful color.  We moved and left it, I might get another one and try again as I love the size and color of the flowers.


Thank you, is a really good doer that tolerates full sun, mine faces due south.

Btw, click on the picture to see it at its best.


Posted: 18/03/2014 at 10:50

   I grow this one in a pot,'s name is 'Ice Blue'. Planted in the open ground it would probably meet your height requirement.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:42
Louise Stevenson wrote (see)

thinking more of a wire cloche, good to hear mouse danger may be over!


To my knowledge mice will eat any type of seed, but In my own experience I've never had problems with them eating the foliage.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:27

PS. Perhaps use a cloche at night for a week or so would be a compromise.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 09:22
Louise Stevenson wrote (see)

thanks david no, good advice doesn't get boring and newbies need it drilling in! getting slug pubs ready any other good slug zapper advice? no evidence of mice around but would you suggest cloche til bit bigger?

Cloche!....Alarm bells are ringing again! Yes, it will protect from cold winds, but it does get very warm under there on sunny days.....perhaps fleece?

Beer traps are as good as anything if you prefer not to use slug pellets.

I've never lost sweet peas to mice after the seed has germinated & disintegrated.

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