Monday, March 21, 2011

A Thing of Beauty

If the rose is the queen of the garden, then the sweet pea would be the princess. Sweet peas are delicious and delightful. After planting in late fall, I had almost forgotten about my sweet peas until now, when they make their springtime appearance, almost like a ruffly, winged butterfly. I confess, I have an emotional attachment to this lovely old-fashioned flower. As a child my grandfather's entire chain link fence was covered with this intensely fragrant flower. I remember him picking a bouquet for me and wrapping the stems in a damp cloth for the ride home, when I buried my nose in the soft pedals.

 A member of the pea family, an annual, and native to the Mediterranean region, sweet peas grow well in a sunny location. They like well-drained soil that should be kept lightly moist. They should be fertilized with a weak manure tea periodically and the flowers should be picked frequently for continued blooming. Sweet peas like cool weather so, don't plant until October. I'll be sure and remind you when the time is right. Sweet peas are so worth the wait!
Here's a little more interesting information about sweet peas.

9 comments:

Boho Farm and Home said...

Just beautiful Jill! I too love sweet peas and that intoxicating fragrance. Hope your well!
xo Caroline

Joanne said...

Your pictures were the perfect pick-me-up for me this morning :o) Blessings, Joanne

Sweet Life Garden said...

Thanks Caroline, I thought you probably were sweet on sweet peas too!
And, Joanne I'm happy you had a wonderful morning!
Have a great week, Jill

Deborah Jean said...

Oh they are beautiful! Just like Morning Glories... they are worth the wait as well...
thanks for sharing such a fun spring pick me up!
Deb

Sweet Life Garden said...

Deb, you are so right. There are so many amazing beauties to choose from!

earlysnowdrop said...

Great sweet peas. Love the connection to your grandfather's fence. Some great childhood memories attach to the garden.

Lylah Ledner said...

Jill - they are lovely. I enjoy the little tidbits you give on Sweet Life....

see you next week!

xoxo lylah

Masha said...

My grandmother used to grow sweet peas too... Your bouquet looks so lovely, I can almost smell the fragrance.

Sweet Life Garden said...

Thank you Masha, they are growing in between my roses, so pretty!