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Short stems on sweet peas

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 17:26

Well thats weird, mine are on a bit of a slope and the ones at the top are longer!  Mind you the ones slightly lower aren't at the bottom of the slope, so water keeps on going down.   Also I think I was a little bit more diligent in the moisture retention provision higher up.  The best ones of all are the few 'leftovers' at the bottom of the garden, growing up a wall in the middle of roses and honeysuckle, their feet are in shade until late afternoon (when there is sun, which has been a bit lacking in Edinburgh this summer)  its  all a puzzle, and one day I will grow sweet peas with show stopping long stems.

Short stems on sweet peas

Posted: 21/07/2015 at 15:24

Thanks for your comments ladygardener2. I did dig a big hole for them this year and put manure and bfb in it as I felt that maybe drying out had been the problem last year.  They started so well, ah well, maybe some tomato feed would be worth trying.   I wouldn't be without them though, short stems or not.  In the past I have picked until end of October, so don't really consider this the end of the season.

Short stems on sweet peas

Posted: 19/07/2015 at 15:38

My sweet peas (autumn sown) always start out long stemmed and get shorter as the season goes on.  Does anyone know why this happens?  lots of flowers, but too short now.



Posted: 12/07/2015 at 21:01

Thank you everyone, I will see what happens!


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 16:32

I suppose it is purple really, don't have one so only know it isn't a colour I particularly like!



Posted: 12/07/2015 at 15:25

Thanks Buttercupdays, I actually only have white, but there are pink around in other gardens.  Are they fertilised by bees?  If so fairly safe bet that i'll get both.  I suppose I could just pull up the pink ones as they appear and enjoy the gap to fill with something else. 



Posted: 12/07/2015 at 12:31

Does anyone know if Honesty seeds 'come true'  I have several white plants which I bought and they are covered with seed, and I know they self seed easily  I don't want pink ones in that spot, but would love them to seed if they will be white.  Of course I want to enjoy the seed heads over winter, so there is a bit of a dilemma over timing here.


What now

Posted: 02/07/2015 at 17:18

I have just sown foxgloves, wallflowers, angelica, all biennials for next year.  if you've got a greenhouse, there is still time to do it.  Look up seed sowing on line, you'll find plenty of others, you'll have so many you will be giving them to all your friends!  And sowing perennials saves you a fortune.  For the price of a packet of seeds you can get so many plants, you'll have to move to a house with a bigger garden.  And things look so great in big clumps.  Does requite a bit of patience though.


Elderly honeysuckle

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 14:40

Thank you Topbird, sounds promising, I think I will let it flower first though!  The neighbours will complain if it doesn't.


Elderly honeysuckle

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 12:09

The reason I was asking about this one is that it doesn't seem to be at all vigorous. I will ask the horses in the field opposite for a contribution towards feeding.  (obviously some of the older stuff!)  Thank you


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