Tuesday, August 13

The sweet peas have woken up!

Our sweet peas were a bit disappointing to start with so I am pleased to be able to report that they have improved.

I'm not sure whether the period of rain or the fact that we fed them did the trick. Maybe a bit of both.
Anyway now they have longer stems and more flower heads per stem. 
We never end up with a great wall of flowers as I pick them over at every allotment visit but the photos below were taken before my last picking.

The squash has bullied its way through from the other side of the supports.




18 comments:

  1. Squash on the rampage. I bet your house smells divine with all those sweet pea flowers. Mine are all just about finished now, a fortnights holiday put paid to them.

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    1. They soon seem to give up if they are not licked don't they, Jo

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  2. Mine are going to seed quite quickly now and the stems are shortening but I have been picking for weeks - they are such good value - I wouldn't be without them in the garden

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    1. We always plant about four packets of mixed seeds on the plot, Elaine. We are not allowed fences on our site but these provide a bit of a barrier

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  3. Your squash does not seem to be doing much harm to the tall sweet peas. Mine are trying to overgrow more delicate neighbours and I have had to redirect their rampage. Actually I like my cucurbits to spread over a piece of land where I have already taken a crop such as early potatoes

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    1. It isn't Roger - it's just sort of snealed through a gap in the support frame. The other side of the sweet peas is just a bed of huge squasg leaves. A sort of living mulch

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  4. I do love how the sweet peas look growing with the squash plants.

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    1. Their arrangement, Deborah so I really can't take credit

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  5. They are looking lovely. Lucky you, I don't have a single flower yet!!!xxxx

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    1. That is late, Snowbird when did you plant them?

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  6. I am so envious of your sweet peas I cannot tell you. How wonderful. Mine a bust this year, yet again!! Your jug vase seems so fitting!!

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    1. They aren't producing as many flowers as usual, Bren but plenty for cutting

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  7. They look lovely Sue, love the darker flowers mixed in with the rest. Would it be cheeky to ask what you feed them on? I've been watering mine with dissolved chicken poo pellets and some wood ash, but I'd like to see if I can squeeze a few more weeks of flowers out - at the moment mine are looking like they are edging towards being over.

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    1. Not cheeky at all Liz it is Vitax Organic Liquid Seaweed which we spray on the leaves as a foliar feed and also water into the soil. I think picking all the flowers off is the key to keeping them going.

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  8. They look fab Sue - mine, on the other hand, have already gone to seed thanks to me getting too distracted by the kitchen to pick them :-(

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    1. That's a shame , Janet but I can understand the distraction - you can't keep an eye on everything - better luck next year.

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  9. I absolutely love sweet peas, the smell, colours and there is never enough of them. I always have a little vase full of these flowers next to my bed so I can smell them, and smell, and smell...

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    1. WE have some in the bathroom Aga, nicer than air freshener.

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