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Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 09:51

Poppy - from experience  I can confirm that these childhood memories intensify with the passing years. I too have strong childhood memories of sweet peas going back to granddad & my own dad.

At that time the most popular sweet peas grown were 'Spencer' varieties (still popular & available today) these were developed & introduced by the gardeners of the Althorpe Estate.....Lady Di's family, of course.  

I have no personal knowledge of any other revived vegetable seed unfortunately.

For myself I don't save sweet pea seed as it's important to be sure I'm growing flowers that will be true to type.....because of cross-pollination this can't be assured with saved seed. Also, I do like to trial new introductions.

Re your June sown SPs, I can only presume that they will form seed pods as this is the normal progression of things, but likely the onset of cold weather may intervene to prevent it.

 

Camera Corner

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 20:48

Looking forward to sun-down over Ilkley Moor (wiv or bah tat) .....I'm orf to Lake Windermere & Kirkstone Pass on Sunday....just for the day.

Wallflowers

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 19:42

Perhaps worth a mention....be careful where you source your wallflowers from, as being a member of the brassica family it's possible to import club root into your garden.

Camera Corner

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 19:35

Great shots, KEF.....I nominate you as chief sunset snapper. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:03
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How dare you, Frank!  I can only suppose that you've activated the 'ignore button'.

So we may be reunited you will need to un-ignore me again.

Click on 'My settings' (top right of the page) Scroll down to 'Members I am ignoring'....you'll probably see my name in the box. All you need to do is remove it.

 

I post this although I've never ignored anyone deliberately or unintentionally.

 

Just a thought, Franks isn't going to be able to read this if he's ignoring me.

Camera Corner

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 17:22

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/61782.jpg?width=544&height=350&mode=max

 

Lily, to relieve your confusion & to indulge my doting, I'll re-post this pic of my dd.

Camera Corner

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 17:17

Love your fuchsia picture, Lesley...definition lovely & sharp.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

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. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 16:53

How dare you, Frank!  I can only suppose that you've activated the 'ignore button'.

So we may be reunited you will need to un-ignore me again.

Click on 'My settings' (top right of the page) Scroll down to 'Members I am ignoring'....you'll probably see my name in the box. All you need to do is remove it.

 

I post this although I've never ignored anyone deliberately or unintentionally.

Gardening Christmas Present

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 12:59

Callum, with respect, a little improvisation with a cushion may be required. I can confirm that they are very well made & sturdy and well up to the job.

Edit: Perhaps a piece of thick foam rubber?

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