Have you planted your sweet peas yet? No problem. You’ve got plenty of time yet (click here to get the low-down on sweet pea planting). But if you needed a reason why to plant them, just check out this gorgeous bouquet that features over at Brabourne Farm. It’s simply divine. Very simple. But very very pretty. Wouldn’t you agree?
Now’s the perfect time to sow sweet peas, but bear in mind what type you’re planting. There are three types of sweet peas: winter-flowering, spring-flowering and summer-flowering, with the majority of varieties available in New Zealand being summer-flowering. Autumn is the best time to sow seeds of winter and spring blooming sweet peas, but summer-flowering types grow better if sown in short days (winter) and grown on into lengthening days. That means June to August is the best time to plant summer-flowering sweet peas, but sowings can, in fact, be made up until mid-October. In very cold areas it might be best to leave sowing until spring.
Sweet peas like a sunny spot in well-drained, humus-rich soil. You can sow them in pots to transplant later or sow them directly in the ground. [Read more...]
Two of my favourite flowers are in full bloom right now – scented roses and picotee sweet peas. Rosa ‘St Paul’s Cathedral’ is SO gorgeous, I just might die. Each head is so perfectly formed and so deliciously fragrant that it constantly stops people dead in their tracks. Same goes for the sweet peas. Bring a bunch indoors and their exquisite perfume hits you right between the eyes as soon as you walk in the door. [Read more...]