Sweet Peas Easy To Grow Fragranced Flowers From Seeds
Impressive Fragranced Flowers for your Home and Garden
Every year I grow my own Sweet peas or Lathyrus Odoratus There really is nothing I can think of that compares to fresh scent of sweet peas in your garden and home. I usually grow my seeds in containers however sweet peas can be sown straight into the ground and left to their own devices. Last year my daughter just threw some left over seeds in the front garden and they did superb.
These flowers are natural climbers and will happily grow to a height of 1 - 2 meters with suitable supports.
The wonderful thing about sweet peas is their scent and their endless supply of flowers, the more you pick the more the flowers pop. The colors are magnificent, and the admiring looks and compliments I get about these flowers, I almost feel embarrassed, as really they are so easy to grow.
See how I get on with growing my favorite flowers from seeds.
I Haven't Always Loved Gardening....
...or had green fingers
As a child I grew up surrounded by plants and flowers, my father was a landscape gardener, and my mom a lover of flowers.
I really did not appreciate the beauty and wonder of flowers at my young age, and detested being dragged around the local flower nurseries.
But now my older self, is wholeheartedly grateful for that time I spent with my mother and father, more so since they are no longer with us.
Boy do you wish you could turn back the clock and tell them actually they were right and I was wrong and just a grumpy, foot stomping teenager. I like to think they are both smiling down at me and are very proud of my green fingers I have finally found.
Thanks mum and dad for putting up with my huffs and puffs, and your endless knowledge you shared with me.
Its paid off.
And your Granddaughter loves it, and we are both enjoying learning about gardening all over again.
Gardening is a Very Cheap Hobby - re-use and re-cycle many items within the home to plant seeds
Recycling common Fruit containers for planting your Seeds
I use anything I can get my hands on to plant new seeds in, and let them grow until they are big enough to be handled. My family keep everything for me to use. Like these basic Fruit plastic containers, which had grapes in. They make excellent seed pots as they already have the holes in the bottom too.
I keep old used tea bags and put them in the bottom of the container (another of my mums useful tips), not sure exactly IF there is a benefit, but they help to keep the soil nice and moist and of course when your seeds are grown the soil with tea bags can be thrown into the composting heap
What is the Best to Grow - My Uncle is a Vegetable Grower, Me I love flowers
What do you prefer growing from seeds Flowers or Vegetables
I like to start off my seeds in small pots. these are ideal and reusable year after year.
Your Sweet Pea Growing Essentials
Once you have bought these can all be re-used year after year.
I Bamboo for creating a suitable climbing structure for the plants.
Growing Scented Flowers Need Not Be Difficult - ....and the result is magnificent
My family and friends love my sweet peas, and my neighbors are always receiving little sweet smelling posies of sweet peas, as the more my daughter cuts them the more they grow.
Disclaimer: I am not a professional Gardner, I am very much a beginner, learning along the way.
Some say (my uncle for one) to soak the seeds first, or to chip into them with a sharp blade. I have never done this. I pop them into the pots straight from the packet.
Best Position for Sweet peas is sunny although will also do well in a sun dappled area. I have mine in full sun all day and shaded at night.
This allows me to water the container thoroughly and cut off all the new blooms, whilst the plant has had time to cool off from the days sun.
Best Sowing time for me is in April or May for beautiful Blooms hroughout Summer until September!
Time required: 30 minutes
Cost: Cost of Seeds (If you have everything else available)
- Small pots
- Growing compost
- You can use your hands or small trowel for filling the pots.
- See above shopping list
1. Fill small pots with growing compost to just under the brim. Pat gently down
2. Place One seed in each pot. and cover with soil.
3. I live in Scotland (can still be very cold and windy at sewing time) so i like to put my seeds into an outdoor pop up greenhouse at our front door where it is sheltered but gets lots of sun
4. Once they have reached a good height of a couple of inches its time to transfer to your container. As you can see this was all part of my Mothers day gifts. Yes i do actually appreciate seeds being bought for me.
5. I usually use 3 bamboo canes, tied at the top and secured in the pot by pushing down. tied with some garden string so as the sweet peas can tangle their little vines around, and grow. This is pretty sturdy and considering its pretty windy here in Fife. It does very well
6. I can cut a vase full of sweet peas and overnight new flowers appear. They really are Endless blooms throughout the season.
Mary, Mary Quite Contrary, How Does Your Garden Grow - My Mums name was Mary and we used to sing this to her When she was in the GardenClick thumbnail to view full-size
Sweet Smelling fragrance all year round
Have the sweet Scent of Sweet Peas all year round - I love the Yankess Candle Reed Difusers
I nearly flipped out when I saw that Yankee were doing the reed diffuser in Sweet Pea. I find the Reed Diffuser much longer lasting than ordinary plug ins or scented candles, and such a beautiful, true smell.
© 2014 Lisa Auch