Expectations of Spencer Sweet Peas

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WORDS: Kathryn Cronin PHOTOS: Ricky Bache
I adore sweet peas – I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. Even if their feathery petals weren’t as beguiling and quintessionally “cottage garden” as they are, I would have them for their scent alone.

When I was making bouquets last year, I wanted to include scent. The heritage ones I grew had that in spades, if you’ll pardon the pun my dears, but their stems were much too short. This year, after much research, I have opted for the Spencer variety. Yes, named after a gardener who lived on the Spencer estate, notable recently for being the home of Lady Diana. I have ordered them from the lovely named Owl’s acre which I saw recommended on the Green and Gorgeous blog.

The choice of sweet peas was extensive and with speedy delivery and useful instructions included, I can recommend a look. As I am just taking the first steps in exploring flower farming, I limited myself to 4 varieties:

– White frills and limelight for their neutral colour palette.
– Dark passion (a dark blue) and Windsor (a gorgeous maroon) to add a pop of colour.

It will be chilli powder at dawn with the clever mice this year.

Wish me luck with the quite extensive and clever mice I have living out and about. It will be seeds coated in chilli powder at dawn with them this year.

A note – I want to say dear readers that these are my views for which I have received no benefit.

Read more from Fierceblooms on the floristry blog.

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