Sweat peas are on my top 5 favourite flowers.
No, top three.
But only if they have a scent.
I’ve never grown sweet peas because:
- The thought of growing any flowers from seeds scares me
- The thought of having to prepare the flower bed is too much like work
- I’ve never had a suitable bed for annuals in the sun
- I have too many perennials, Australian native shrubs and trees and camellias, and there is no room
- My life is too busy and I miss St Patrick’s Day, the traditional sowing day in Australia. Well, before global warming. Now they’ve pushed it back to Anzac Day.
- I know the snails, possums and birds will cause me heartbreak
This year, I’ve bitten the bullet. Fingers crossed it doesn’t come to naught or I will kill the f’n possums.
First step was reading up on growing these divine things. Thank heavens for the Internet and people who are sweet pea experts.
Next was sourcing seeds of varieties with scent. Sneaky seed suppliers. They don’t say if the flower doesn’t have scent. They also say subtle scent. Is that code for hardly any?
No one stocked the recommended seeds. So I made do with two types: a tall and a short variety.
I rubbed the seeds on sand paper and soaked them overnight.
Then I planted them in pots. Not ideal for the tall ones but this is an experiment. If they take, I might stake out an annual garden bed.
Some people say the seeds are fussy. Don’t water them after planting, they say. So I didn’t.
And look what has come up after a week:
Fourteen weeks till flower time. Stay tuned for updates.