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Lathyrus odoratus, the annual sweet pea, intrigues gardeners everywhere and the quest for an enchanting display of fragrant walls of colour is one of the most desired displays for many gardeners. Your geographical location will dictate whether sweet peas will be a winter, early spring or late summer and fall bloomer for you. There are a few things to do and consider in preparation for beautiful sweet peas in your garden.
Jan 21, 2013 6:56 PM CST
|I was so encouraged by reading this article. I know think I can try growing some of them, especially the fragrant ones. |
Thank you Joanne.
Jan 21, 2013 7:18 PM CST
|That's GREAT! I have a friend that asked if I would start some early for her. She bought a package of Early Spencer Mix. She was a bit disappointed when we checked and found out that they are not fragrant. Pretty ruffle blooms though. We got a few other varieties that are fragrant, so we will have pretty and smelly mixed. All is good.|
Jan 21, 2013 7:26 PM CST
|Great way to have both fragrance and beauty. I didn't think about that. |
I fell in love with the photo of this one.
Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus 'Painted Lady')
Oh, and these two: http://www.swallowtailgardense...
Henry Eckford & Lord Nelson
Jan 21, 2013 8:00 PM CST
|Those are nice. Pretty choices|
Jan 21, 2013 8:03 PM CST
|I love that orange and purple together. Should work well in the area by my front porch. Want people to be able to catch the scent when they come to the front door.|
Jan 21, 2013 8:24 PM CST
|I hope to see your pictures. Sounds lovely|
Jan 21, 2013 9:36 PM CST
|Will the sweet pea seeds winter sow in milk jugs?|
Jan 21, 2013 9:52 PM CST
Jan 21, 2013 10:15 PM CST
|You just made me a very happy camper. I have my milk jugs ready to go.|
Jan 21, 2013 11:02 PM CST
|I wintersowed sweet peas a few years ago. I plan to wintersow some and start some early indoors this year. I didn't nick for wintersowing, just sowed them in the jug|
Jan 21, 2013 11:21 PM CST
|Nice article but I love the old fashioned rambling Sweet Peas. Has more flowers and highly fragrant. These F1's while good for people who have small gardens but they don't hold a candle in front of the old ones.|
Jan 22, 2013 12:03 AM CST
|6 to 8 feet is plenty tall enough for what I want to do.|
Jan 22, 2013 12:18 AM CST
We have this local lady that specializes in sweet peas, I need to try some of her seeds, she has some marked as super fragrant.
Jan 22, 2013 3:18 AM CST
|I have yet to see any taller then 8 feet |
Jan 22, 2013 8:00 AM CST
|So happy you guys liked the article. |
Sue, thanks for posting the link. They have some great pictures and info. And nice to see that they are in North America for ordering
Jan 22, 2013 9:47 AM CST
|Something I meant to mention in the article:|
Last year I put a short wire fence when the plants were about 6 inches tall and then later added a strong netting with 6 foot bamboo sticks for them to climb. It worked really well to keep them off the walkway and from whipping in the wind and really helped with a strong base for the vines
Jan 22, 2013 11:37 AM CST
|Great idea Joanne. Glad you showed that to us.|
Jan 22, 2013 5:43 PM CST
|I love sweet peas. The last 3 years I have planted them by a section of fencing someone gave me. By now mine should be up and growing, but I haven't seen any yet. Wonder if it could be our strange weather. Today it was 83 degrees. I have to look into other colors as they are so beautiful. I usually plant mine around the middle of Sept., but got a later start this year. Thanks for the article.|
Jan 26, 2013 7:06 AM CST
|I have grown the "Cupani" variety pictured in your informative article. I can personally vouch for its intoxicating fragrance. I am intrigued by the history that goes along with it. There's a story about a Sicilian monk (Father Franciscus Cupani) who discovered it in the wild and sent seeds to Dutch and English botanists. I believe the year of discovery was 1695. Cupani has intense coloration and intense fragrance. Some research I came across indicated it is the most primitive form of sweet pea. |
My garden would not be complete without Cupani. I also utilize shorter climbing "helpers" when vines are young, short thin bamboo stakes, aiding the seedlings in getting to the metal tuteur about one foot off the ground. It is easy to save one's own seeds and have the variety the following year. I am growing sweet peas in zone 6, eastern PA. I put seeds into the ground very early, late February, as well as starting some inside the house in late winter. My other favorite sweet pea for intense fragrance is "April in Paris", a creamy white variety sporting a blush of lavender along the edges. Really wonderful aroma, far reaching on a calm summer evening.
Jan 26, 2013 9:33 AM CST
|I really enjoyed doing the research for the article. I didn't realize that there were some many varieties available. I was also surprised at the mixes that are available and which individual varieties (many Heirloom) are included in the mixes. In the past I just grabbed a pack of "Sweet Peas" and sowed them.|