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Posted: 27/08/2012 at 09:23


Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 21:52

Hi, SV...sorry to hear you've had a bad SP year, but (as you know) the weather has not been kind to sweet pea growers this year.

I'm glad you have found the difference between average seed and that produced by experts like Eagle SPs. I know from first hand experience that it's  an undeniable fact, otherewise I would not said so.

Enjoy your bank holiday.

Fork Handles

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 09:49

I like the sound (no pun, honest) of your neighbours, Kate.....if only other people took the trouble to involve & discuss their plans with their neighbours, much animosity could be avoided.

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 21:20

Sorry to hear this, Jean.

The truth is you probably haven't done anything wrong. The weather this year has been everything sweet peas don't like, so just hope for a better year next year.

Even professional growers like my friend Derek Heathcote (owner of Eagle Sweet Peas) has had to withdraw his trade stands from several of the main shows this year because of the lack of blooms to exhibit.....this is the first time I can recall that happening.

Although he exhibited and won a gold medal at Chelsea, he had to call on the help of his friends who were growing his seed, to help with providing flowers....and that's pretty  extreme.

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 13:12
kate1123 wrote (see)

David  as MD gave the results of the experiment I thought you would be pleased


Well in fairness, Kate. I did say "However, (having dismissed autumn sowing as a waste of time) he did have the honesty to show the proof that sweet peas grown from autumn sowings are superior." 

I do admire him for that!

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 12:17

You're welcome, Bev. I'll start a new thread at the appropriate time, with a more specific title.

Here's one to keep in mind for next year.....'Elegant Ladies'




Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 11:29

TBH neither, Becks. Don't do anything until mid-Oct at the earliest.....sowing indoors or out at this time will just waste the seed.

As I said somewhere up-thread, I'll be doing step by step a little later in the year.


Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 25/08/2012 at 10:17

Anyone see Monty Don's update on his 'sweet pea experiment' in last night's GW program?

I'm not sure why he thought the experiment was necessary in the first place. However, (having dismissed autumn sowing as a waste of time) he did have the honesty to show the proof that sweet peas grown from autumn sowings are superior.

I know his experiment is yet to be concluded, but it's obvious that he's going to say at some stage, that the autumn sowings finished flowering before the spring sown ones....but he should have known that anyway.

Interesting to note the poor results from sowing seed direct in the spring, particularly in a difficult season like this.....very much a less desirable option.

There is a fourth option he didn't mention of course, that is to sow the seed insitu, in the autumn.

Btw, I thought the sweet peas grown in Rachel's 'forces garden' were a better sample than those in Monty's garden.

Beware of

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 09:49

May be worth dropping a line to 'Watchdog''s quite easy:

Fork Handles

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 14:38
Insomnia1973 wrote (see)

Aaw, he's only human, royalty or not! Glad he's having fun!

Well said, Becks.....he's only feisty young lad, doing what feisty young lads do!

Give him a break, I say.

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