Posted: 10/10/2014 at 17:09
Thank you, PWP....it is nice to be appreciated.
I'm not really surprised to hear of the excellent germination rate of those old sweet peas....although viability does normally decrease with age.
Interestingly, there is a heritage variety of veg pea named Ne Plus Ultra on the market (and an excellent pea it is too) that was widely grown in Victorian times. A few years ago a few seeds were found at the back of an old cupboard and have been able to be reintroduced.
They fell out of favour because needed substantial sticks, as they were 6/7feet tall.