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Talkback: Growing sweet peas

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 19:05
Lyn wrote (see)

Our night temps in the south west are forcasted to go down to 1c next week, I shalln't be putting mine out yet.


But they are hardy annuals and as such not affected by frost.

Talkback: Growing sweet peas

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 18:55

There's a lot of misunderstanding about sweet peas.....they're not frost tender bedding plants, they will survive many degrees of frost.

I would just add, they don't like cold biting winds.

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 18:39

They wasn't proper gazanias.....just a pic of a GC wall poster.

Your psb looks delish, KEF.....we'll be having some with our Sunday roast this week-end.

Camera Corner

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 09:07

 I know gazanias are a fav for many. Something not quite right about this shot though......anyone spot it?  

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:53

I'll just say that sweet peas were never intended to make the garden look pretty (in fact they're not a pretty plant at all) they are for cut flowers.....keep them well cut back to prolong the flowering season...and remove any seed cases.


Camera Corner

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:05


Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

David, you really need to stop posting pictures of is only fuelling my need for another and I can't decide which colour

Oh, I've just seen you've mentioned me, thank you.  I love Lillies too


The only lily I could find, Tracy.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/03/2014 at 21:01
Tracey-Newbie wrote (see)

So when you cut sweet peas, do they produce more flowers?  As I've said before, mine have never been great so I haven't picked many but have always been wary in case I don't get more flowers  I can't remember what happened with my mum's as I was too young, I just remember the smell!


It's imperative to cut them regularly, Tracy....otherwise they will go to seed, resulting in a premature end to the plants.

Many of those above probably ended-up on the compost heap. 

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.

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