Savannah Garden Diary

May 6, 2008

Sweet Peas

Filed under: In bloom now, Vines — Tags: — karen @ 9:57 am


Sweet peas in full flower. And they are VAST–about 10 foot tall. I don’t think I have ever seen them as tall as this. It must be the cow manure I dumped on the veg garden last fall.



  1. Sweet peas are typical summer flowers for me. I love their fine fragrance and the beautiful colours they have. I’ve just started to sow them. Hopefully they will grow!!
    You probably know that the more often you cut them (for flower bouquets) the stronger they grow.Isn’t this wonderful?
    There is a little envy to see them already blooming in your garden ;-) !!

    Comment by — May 6, 2008 @ 11:50 am

  2. Barbara: I can’t pick them fast enough! I planted too many of them this year. They are a jungle. For you, they will keep on growing most of the summer I imagine. Here, they die off when it gets hot–probably in June, so we just enjoy them for a month or two. I absolutely love the scent.

    Comment by karen — May 6, 2008 @ 11:56 am

  3. Oh, your sweet peas are stunning! Mine are looking their best this week but nothing like yours!

    Comment by — May 6, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

  4. I’m so jealous - mine here in the Uk are only about a foot tall so far. I would be thrilled if they were as impressive as yours when they reach full size.

    Comment by — May 6, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

  5. I’m sure yours will be lovely. This is an unusual batch. They don’t usually do nearly as well as this.I can’t really think what I did differently, except plant them in January instead of October and give them a fair dollop of manure. Also legume innoculant, which I can’t spell and don’t always remember.

    Comment by karen — May 6, 2008 @ 4:29 pm

  6. They look great and smell even better, I bet. I love that wine color mixed with the whites and light pinks.

    Comment by — May 6, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

  7. Hi Karen, what magnificent sweet peas. And what a pleasant task, trying to keep up with the picking. Do you save seed or order new? Where do you get your seed? Ours just started blooming this week, after much eating by the rabbits in the beginning. They are mixed in with the sugar snap peas which have white flowers.

    Comment by — May 7, 2008 @ 6:07 am

  8. I order new seed. I used to get them from Thompson and Morgan. This year, I got them from Territorial Seed–several varieties for mixed color and bloom time. They are particularly fine this year.

    Comment by karen — May 7, 2008 @ 7:19 am

  9. It must be the cow manure and maybe your green thumb! My sweet peas are still less than a foot tall. I just hope they get to blooming size before it gets hot.

    Comment by — May 8, 2008 @ 7:55 am

  10. How stunning! I didn’t even know that sweet peas came in all those colors. I planted mine in late winter and they’ve grown a couple of feet tall but have no flowers… apparently they wanted cow manure. Thanks for the photos, Karen!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

    Comment by — May 13, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

  11. Oh, I love these. I’m assuming these are the annual sweet pea - and not the perennial? I’ve had hit or miss luck with them here in Charleston - so, when did you plant yours in the ground to get such a gorgous bunch of them?

    Comment by — June 14, 2008 @ 7:51 am

  12. Yes, these are annual sweet peas. Some years they are spectacular like this; some not. Usually I plant them in October and half of them get killed by frost. This year nearly all of them got killed, so I replanted in January in the veg garden. I think they liked the compost or manure!

    Comment by karen — June 17, 2008 @ 12:14 pm

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