I love sweet peas for several reasons…
- They can be planted early when you are just itching to do some real “gardening.”
- They are beautiful.
- They climb and vine on your fence or trellis adding vertical interest.
- Most varieties have a sweet fragrance.
- They look great in early summer bokays!
Sweet pea seeds have a hard shell, so I am soaking them over night and will plant them tomorrow.
Varieties I am planting this year are all from Burpee…
- Moody Blue Mix: Extra large, fragrant blooms in rich shads of navy, ocean blue and rose-pink.
- Cottage Mix: Mix of shades of white, cream , pink, rose, scarlet and purple.
- Summer Wine: Rich wine-colored blooms on full, medium-height vines.
- Eckford’s Mix: Very fragrant, large blooms in a wide color range.
Word of caution…
Even though they are called a “pea,” they are NOT edible.
Denise Schreiber in her book Eat Your Roses shares about herbs and flowers that are edible and those that are NOT edible. If you haven’t seen Denise’s delightful book, take a look HERE.
Denise was our guest on Rose Chat Radio a few weeks ago and you can listen to the archived broad cast HERE.
So, tomorrow I will do some of that “real gardening” I have been itching to do and plant my sweet peas … just before our next snow storm. 🙂
If you grow sweet peas, do you have a variety you particularly enjoy?
Here are a few of my seedlings that are coming along nicely in the potting shed window…