Today I have been sowing Sweet Peas. I have already got autumn sown plants in my unheated greenhouse. These are largely heritage varieties which I have grown for several years for their wonderful scent.They include:-
Almost Bl;ack ( Modern Grandiflora)
Matucana (Heritage) Painted Lady (Heritage)....usually the earliest to flower
Edward of York (Heritage)
April in Paris ( Modern Grandiflora)
Anniversary ( Spencer)....usually the latest to flower
I also planted a sowing of Painted Lady and Edward of York in December and they are also doing well.
I have decided to try a sowing of Spencer varieties now and then a few more in March.
So today I have sown:-
I germinate them in the conservatory for warmth and then grow on in the unheated greenhouse.
I have bought my seed from Owl's Acre Sweet Peas in Lincolnshire and also Sarah Raven. Both have great websites with lots of information.
I will keep you posted as the season progresses.
Reading up about Sweet Peas I have decided Henry Eckford is my new hero. He worked as a gardener at the turn of the century and on retiring at 65 set about producing Sweet Pea varieties from the naturally existing Cupani and so we have the beautiful Painted Lady etc. Spencer Sweet Peas were then bred by the Spencer family's gardener.
I am hoping for a bumper crop this year!
My story in flowers started as a child growing a tiny patch of London Pride Saxifraga...also known as Whimsey or Look Up and Kiss Me! Fast forward to 8 years ago when I started a City and Guilds training in floristry. I qualified as a florist and then to deepen my growing knowledge and skills I trained in horticulture as well. I trained under a WRAGS scheme at Darsham Nurseries and at Somerleyton Hall. Developing a passion for both growing and designing/arranging British garden flowers, I planted a cutting garden. Having become increasingly concerned about where and how flowers are grown, coupled with a love of British grown flowers. and natural styling, I now specialise in growing and using beautiful British grown flowers to make romantic natural designs. for weddings, events, gifts and much more.