Sweet Pea Week
Sweet Pea Week starts this Sunday and we are really looking forward to welcoming our friends and lots of new visitors. The gardens are open every day from 30th June to 7th July and the forecast is as good as we could hope for.
While the sweet peas are a little short, the beautiful flowers are in full bloom and of great quality – a fantastic achievement after a slow spring. We have been highlighting some of our best sweet peas on our Facebook page this week.
The roses in the meadows are now starting to unfurl and the first of the annuals are coming into flower.
We have been delighted to welcome two groups for evening visits as well as visitors from South America, the USA and Australia who have been particularly charmed by how romantic and ‘English’ the garden is looking now.
Also this week, I have been working on two commissions from The English Garden and RHS The Garden Magazine and we have welcomed nationally renowned photographers from both. We are expecting more photographers next week.
We have already begun looking ahead to the Autumn, ordering a wonderful selection of bulbs suitable for planting later in the year. Landy has been very busy completing the listings for our Workshop Week in October.
Once again, we have some fantastic courses planned including creative writing, rose care, paper and basket making, felt work, knitting and painted furniture techniques as well as a fantastic wreath making workshop just in time for the festive season.
Information about all of the courses is pinned up in the History Room and you can book by calling the office, or in person at the shop. If you would like to receive a brochure please email Mary.
Lathyrus odoratus ‘Fire and Ice’ on a thundery day for Wordless Wednesday.
Its sweet pea time of year again and the scent is filling my house, the office, the gardens, the tearoom… Its a hard life. For those of you that are searching for some answers to your sweet pea questions, hopefully this may help:
If you have Sweet Peas looking a bit weedy remember that they love a deep root run and are quite greedy feeders. ‘Well, thanks for that’ you say ‘but its a bit late now, they are in my poor soil and will have to get on with it.’ In which case, you can use a foliar feed when watering and you will find they reward you by picking up speed.
|L. odoratus ‘Mars’
Support your plants on drums of sheep netting or against poles. Remember though that the tendrils need something thin to wrap themselves around and will need tying in initially. They cannot grip onto bamboo canes so add some pea netting over your structure.
Keep picking the flowers as they appear, not too difficult a task. Once a sweet pea has set seed, a message goes to the whole plant to say its job is done and it will stop flowering.
If you havent sown any sweet peas this year and find some small plants in pots at a garden centre, it is not too late. You will have to wait until September for the flowers but it will be worth it.
|Lathyrus grandiflora mixture
Cutting and arranging: Make sure you use a pair of scissors rather than a knife which tends to pull on the plant and damage it. You cant get a duff posy of sweet peas and I think they look best on their own. For the short stemmed types use a little narrow necked container like a vintage medicine bottle. For big long stems you can use a flared vase.
If your sweet peas are looking a bit ropey this year, feed them, keep deadheading and give them time, it has been a particularly difficult start to the season, with dry weather and late frosts.If you have any questions post them here and we will do our best to answer them.
If Sweet pea growing has evaded you for this year, come and see ours. During Sweet Pea week you can pick them too.