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Sweet Peas

Lets talk Sweet Pea (Lathyrus) today, my favourite garden flower to grow.

I have been growing Sweet Peas for a few years now and I must admit, quite successfully. I stick to a procedure each year and it seems to work as I have sweet peas skyrocketing my garden.

I start to grow them mid March in my boot room using these fantastic seeding trays, but you can use any other sort of trays/pots as long as you keep them under a dome. I water them every other day and take the dome off as soon as the plants start leafing. Mostly it takes about a week that I keep the plants dome less before I put them outside in the cold ground. By this time it’s mid April, please wait (even when they are big enough) with planting them outside if there’s still frost. You will kill them!

Make sure that you keep the trays in a place with lots of daylight and at room temperature, at 18°C at least. You can find the leaves and pinecone poster in Sharilyn’s lovely shop.

In my next Sweet Pea update I’ll show you how to plant them outside to get an amazing bush like the one below.

They are so pretty, smell amazing and look so lovely in little vases all over the house. I can’t wait for summer!!

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  • eskimo*rose
    27/03/2013 at 07:54

    It’s such a good idea to grow your own favourite flowers, I also adore sweetness, but they are the sort of flower that I’m reluctant to buy as they are so pricey and fleeting – you’ve inspired me to find a safe spot in the football pitch, I mean garden, to grow some of my own!

  • daan@janrot.nl
    27/03/2013 at 08:01

    Rover koos ze voor zijn vensterbankkas :-)Kunnen we mooi bij jou afkijken hoe we straks verder moeten.


  • Elizabeth
    27/03/2013 at 08:05

    Yvonne! Alice and I planted a little brown bag of sweet pea seeds last Monday and already their teeny green heads are poking through the soil. I was so excited when I saw them this morning – didn’t know they grew so fast. Love this idea xx

  • Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets
    27/03/2013 at 10:05

    I so need the sweet pea tutorial!
    I used to have them growing amazingly in New Zealand – I think I just forgot what to do!!

  • Saskia
    27/03/2013 at 10:11

    Oooh, mijn lievelings!

  • Mengelmoes
    27/03/2013 at 11:17

    En als je de uitgebloeide trosjes bloemen op tijd afknipt gaan ze door met bloemen produceren tot in oneindigheid. (Of de herfst, wat maar eerder is…) Dankbare planten die geweldig staan in de tuin óf op een vaasje! Je hebt helemaal gelijk.

  • Kajsa
    27/03/2013 at 11:56

    They are the most gorgeous flowers! I had them in pink one Summer and took this picture that I keep staring at during cold winter days! In Finland we have to wait until June before you dare to put your peas outside because of the frost.http://www.flickr.com/photos/sykossa/214880763/in/set-72157605012502705

  • susana@citrusandorange
    27/03/2013 at 13:09

    Thank you, Yvonne. You can’t hardly imagine how much I appreciate this information. 🙂 These flowers have been a favourite of mine too, but I find it hard to make them grow – now I will try out this way.

  • Ruth
    27/03/2013 at 16:11

    oh toevallig heb ik ze vandaag ook gezaaid! Ben benieuwd, de eerste keer dat ik ze zaai…

  • Daniela
    27/03/2013 at 23:49

    Perhaps one of my favorite flowers as well. Love the beautiful colors and the abundance of the pretty leaves. Lovely pictures Yvonne!

  • Anna
    28/03/2013 at 13:33

    Hi!I love, love, love Sweetpeas too, I have about 6-7 different varieties every year in my garden. I use the trays you use too, they’re really good as for getting seedlings up, however, not for sweetpeas since they have very long roots and by planting them in those containers you´ll be stalling the plant to grow. I plant mine in milk-containers and you can keep them in them until they’re ready to be planted outside. I put in regular soil first, about a bit more than half way up and then I put in seed compost ( which doesn’t have that many nutrients in it so as to not “burn” the little roots, works amazingly every year, and of course, I trim them down about 5-6 times to get them really big 🙂

  • mary @ B&G JOURNALS
    30/03/2013 at 13:10

    i am so very envious of your beautiful garden set-up — one of the few things that keeps me thinking of a house down the road rather than eternal apartment life 🙂

  • Brianne Heape
    04/04/2013 at 20:03

    I LOVE the countertops seen in the photos. My husband and I are actually in the process of renovation our home and are installing butcher block countertops in the kitchen and bathrooms. Would you have any suggestions on a backsplash? I can’t tell from the photos above if you have one or not. 🙂 Any suggestions would be appreciated!

  • ZeLittleOne
    11/04/2013 at 11:41

    I love sweetpeas, my Granny used loads in her garden when I was little and seeing them always bring back happy childhood memories 🙂 Thanks for sharing your tip, I’ll try growing some on the balcony

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