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Chelsea Flower Peas

Sweet peas

Eleven months ago, J. called up to say she had a spare ticket to the Chelsea Flower Show, and would I like to come along? I was delighted to! It was a touristic expedition to gorgeous sights and smells. We didn't yet own a house, so there wasn't much I felt I could buy. A small packet of sweetpea seeds were an exception. It's small, barely larger than a business card, but it contains such potential. It proved the only thing I would buy that day of a garden-like nature.

Today, the skies are blue, the temperatures clement, and I remembered the seed packet. The internet tells me that I am at the very end of sweetpea seed planting season, a season which lasts from September to April.

The seeds are now planted, in a newly-bared bed; it was sod only a few hours ago. I have high hopes of seeing richly-purple sweetpea flowers blossom in another six weeks. (The dark, dark ones in the middle-right of the photo. They're coded as "Navy Blue". It looks purple to me.)



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Apr. 26th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Oh what a wonderful photo. I do love sweet peas - they seem so frilly and decadent.

I planted out our 2 tomato seedlings earlier but sadly snapped the stem of one of them just above the root.

So now we have 1.
Apr. 26th, 2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, no - those are definitely purple! And a jolly good thing, too. I look forward to seeing picture of your blooms when they have sprung forth. :-)
Apr. 27th, 2009 08:00 am (UTC)
Yay for sweet peas! I love the traditional ones, with the scent. I planted some violas before we left, and am hoping they are still alive when we return. I'm planning sweet peas in my vege bed (the autumn planting time has just reached NZ).
Apr. 27th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
How beautiful! Yesterday I planted 2 rose bushes and 3 blueberry bushes. I've got flower seeds planted, but they're still in flats.
Apr. 29th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Gorgeous photograph! I hope your seeds from last year grow. Yesterday, I came across a seed package that I picked up in Nuremberg a couple of years ago when I went up there to see an exhibition. The seed package was a free item given out at the Nuremberg city tourism office, the year that Germany hosted world cup soccer, so that would make it about 4 years ago. The seed package contains grass seed. The image on the seed package is(left) Albrecht Durer's watercolor of grass turf and (left) a soccer field.
The words on the package: "Nuremberg kickt"
In a way, I hate to open the package, and it is old seed, so it may not grow. But I need to sprinkle just a bit of grass seed over a bare spot.
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