Category Archives: Sweet Peas

How to construct a Pea Harp

Pea Harps are an attractive alternative way of supporting your growing Peas, they are quick and easy to make with the benefit at the end of the growing season the foliage and the supporting natural string can all be composted.

You will need  9 Bamboo canes about 6ft 0r 7ft  Long

1  Large ball of natural string Twool is great

sharp knife

 

This film shows how to tie a clove hitch knot

Heres a classic Bean Wigwam

 

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Sowing Sweet Peas

When it comes to sweet peas it really is all about the scent after all the only way we get to smell them is to grow them as they have no essential oil so the scent can not be extracted and use in perfume.

Over the years I’ve grow numerous varieties and my favorites would be

Albutt Blue        Elegant and unusual pale-lavender-blue flowers on a white background, very strong scent Raised by Harvey Albutt
Jilly                         The perfect creamy white Sweet Pea with good scent Large frilly cream flowers raised by  F.C. Harris
Painted   Lady   Bi-coloured pink and white blooms. Very old fashioned glorious scent  but shorter stems
Just Jenny          A dark blue nice perfume  but not as strong as some  raised by Eagle Sweet Peas
Charlies Angel     An outstanding pale blue  sweet pea with good scent raised by Charlie Hamner.
The other option is to sow a collection of scented sweet peas
the older fashioned ones tend to have better scent
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