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Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 17:20

Hi David, Thanks for your quick response- that's what I thought sadly.

Very strange though,may be they've been damaged by vine weavils.  They were very useful to provide a bit of a screen and I had planned to grow some of  the annual types with them.These I'm pleased to say are growing well, but no flowers yet.

The other everlasing that I'm growing are going to be used to cover a gap in a hedge, with the annuals growing in between them.

Thanks again


Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 16:55

Hi David,

I moved here in Dec 2010, this is my first garden. On clearing up during Jan/Feb 2011, found a leggy thing but decieded to leave it as I didn't know what it was. Turned out it was an everlasting Sweetpea and it flowered great last Summer.

When it died back I just cut it off near to ground, thinking that it would come back of it's own accord. I haven't seen anything of it this year.

Does this mean that it's dead? I've been growing some other everlasting from seed, some have been planted out, others are still in their pots.

Any information/advice whould be great. Thanks


Posted: 15/06/2012 at 23:03

Not sure MMP, I was just going on the information that I had read on this site.

Need a new garden

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 22:34


Think the above advice is great, just do a bit at a time & get anybody to help you. I wouldn't pay any so called landscapers to do it, my feelings is that they would cost you a fortune and rip you off. It won't happenn overnight but anything good doesn't.


Posted: 15/06/2012 at 21:23

curlyone, I have to agree with you. I fortunatley recieved my 36 perennials, but was still disappointed about the time it took for them to arrive, 6 weeks from payment. The packaging wasn't that great either, neither the size of the plants.

I thought the same about their snowdrop offer earlier in the year, the bulbs didn't look in great shape. Even the seeds I bought from them took over 2 weeks to arrive.

I have to say I'm not sure I will be ordering from them again, I wasn't that impressed to find out that the plants go via Jersey to avoid the VAT either. Hardly environmentally friendly.

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 19:39

I love sweet peas, did some Autumn sowings last year but at the time I thought they were eating by tiny black flies, I know know they were eaten by slugs

My spring sowings have had the first flowers over the last few days. From reading this thread, I will be doing Autumn & Spring sowings from now on.

I would love to hear any information about how to get loads of long lasting blooms.


Night Scented Stock

Posted: 15/06/2012 at 19:00

Hello, I grow these as I love the smell. I've not used them as a cut flower, as I like them in the garden to enjoy in the evening.

Did have a look at the info from a seed stockist that I use and they said-

"Cut flowers will last 8-10 days in water. Cut when flowers are half open;recut stems under water."


sweet williams

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 22:56

All I can say is that I accquired a bare root cutting last year, stuck it in the ground, this year it's goiing to flower. They are tough plants

Talkback: How to grow lupins

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 23:29

I love lupins, I was lucky enough to have inherited one. I grew one last year (when I didn't know anything about them) and it survived and this year it's rewarded me. The bees absolutley love them, I hear them buzzing around them.

I will definately harvest seeds for next year.

Bit of an a side but the one of them one grew off sets last year which I've planted one ( & given away) so fingers crossed.




Posted: 12/06/2012 at 22:48

Yes I would agree I've seen blackbirds feed their young in my garden. The little ones have a mottled foilage which could be confused with a thrush.

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