I just love growing sweet peas! I love to be enveloped by the sweet pea flower’s powerful and sensuous scent, while I’m encompassed by the flower’s beauty and charm. Eternal bliss! Everyone should have at least a few moments of pause and reflection, to recharge with their favourite sweet pea blooms each and every summer.
March is a great time to sow sweet peas! Indeed during my 2017 Sweet Pea Trial, the plants that were sown in the middle of March produced more flowers than the plants that were sown during October, November, and February, which were the other sowing times trialled. It’s often said that October is the best time to sow sweet peas, yet I disagree and my trials prove otherwise, so please don’t think you’ve missed the boat. Get ready to sow sweet pea seeds this month, to enjoy decadently fragrant blooms all summer long!
If you wish for floriferous sweet pea plants that will provide you with an abundance of blooms, then it’s important that you purchase seeds of the best performing sweet pea cultivars. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Naomi Nazareth’ has featured in my Sweet Pea Trials over the past few years, where she has performed and flowered both wonderfully and consistently. Which has been, well simply marvellous to see! Lathyrus odoratus ‘Naomi Nazareth’ is a Spencer sweet pea, which produces long stemmed, sweetly scented, large sized, pale, dusky blue coloured, frilly flowers.
Another of my favourite sweet peas is Lathyrus odoratus ‘Betty Maiden’. This absolutely charming Spencer sweet pea cultivar produces ivory coloured flowers, which are distinguished with a mauve picotee edge and matching veining and markings across the flower’s petals. As the flowers age, these markings deepen and become more pronounced, taking on an iridescent sheen.
The blooms of Lathyrus odoratus ‘Betty Maiden’ produce a very sensual, musky, yet sweet fragrance, which offers the fragrance notes of rose, hyacinth, clover, and hay. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Betty Maiden’ is a beautiful sweet pea, which is very floriferous; this is also one of the earliest sweet pea cultivars to flower.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Aphrodite’ is a very vigorous, pure white flowered sweet pea cultivar. Lathyrus odoratus ‘Aphrodite’ is another floriferous cultivar, which produces long stems that are decorated with a great number of blooms. It’s not unusual to harvest Lathyrus odoratus ‘Aphrodite’ flowering stems that feature six or seven flowers per stem, and particularly good plants can produce ten or more flowers per stem.
This article was first published in the March 2018 edition of Vantage Point Magazine.
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