Sweet Pea Smorgasbord
Okay, so you already know I’m a rain-aholic, but did you know that I’m also addicted to sweet peas? I just can’t get enough of these prolific bloomers fully of pretty, perfumed petals!
I’ve always experimented with several varieties of sweet peas, but this year I really outdid myself. My eyes were bigger than my borders, which led to a bit of extra work… but boy was it worth it! This spring I planted Royal Maroon, Flagship, Beaujoulais, King Size Navy Blue, Charlies Angel, Blue Velvet, Old Times, Castle of Mey, Sugar Almonds, Blueberry mix, Peach Cobbler mix, Wiltshire Ripple and a row of Royal mixed.
The best thing about this continuous bloomer? The more you cut, the more you get!
Here are a few of the lovely specimens:
Some took longer to bloom than others, but I’ve already decided on several favorites that will most definitely be making a come-back next year. My absolute favorite is Charlies Angel… it’s large, ruffled flowers are the most wonderfully soft shade of lilac. A close second Blue Velvet, followed by Wiltshire Ripple and Old Times. I know you can’t see it very well in the picture, but Old Times is a beautiful cream color with touches of violet along the edges. If you’re wondering what all the orange is in the background, I have lots of volunteer California Poppies that pop up to say hello every year.
Sweet peas make a scrumptiously simple bouquet on their own…
… but they are also one of my favorite filler flowers for bouquets. They don’t last forever, but, hey, who could expect such beauty to never fade? You can count on them to stay some-what fresh for a good five days in a bouquet. Those first few days of the scent of sweet peas in the air are so worth it! :)
Be sure to cut all the flowers you can get in order to prevent the plants going to seed (forming pea pods) and you’ll have a non-stop show of “kleur and geur” until the first frost!
Have a wonderful day and I’ll see you tomorrow!