In a Vase on Monday: More Sweeties

The Winter Sunshine sweet peas in the greenhouse are flowering profusely and I aim to give at least one posy each week to whoever I happen to be seeing. Even so, that still leaves plenty and I don’t think I have ever picked such a large bunch of sweet peas before:

I shared a sweet pea order with a neighbour for this year, choosing 10 of the 12 varieties available from Owl’s Acre because they don’t do mixed packets of these early sweet peas. This gave us 5 seeds each of 10 colours, and my share produced 40+ plants. I have mentioned before having no regrets about mixing my share, thus producing this pleasing blend of shades, the bright and striking ‘Navy’ and ‘Rose’ shades still looking at home amongst the other more subtle ones

I picked out the shorter stems of the bunch to give as as a gift, but that still left a generous fistful which needed just a plain clear glass and no frippery. Rather than purloin the Golfer’s sweet collection again I used one of my ‘word pebbles’ – joy – as this is what a humungously large vase of sweet peas brings me. I wrote positive states of mind on these pebbles two years ago and distributed them around the garden; yesterday I gathered them in again to repaint them where necessary. It wasn’t an easy task finding them and peace and love are both still missing, perhaps so embedded in the fabric of the garden that they will never be found…

Cutting flowers from our gardens on a Monday morning never fails to bring us joy, and if you haven’t yet done so please give it a try – there is much joy to be had. If you would like to share the pleasure with other bloggers on IAVOM please link to and from this post in the usual way.

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69 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: More Sweeties

  1. Amazing – truly amazing! What a wonderful bunch of Sweet Peas.
    I have pebbles with ‘positive states of mind’ scattered here and there in my garden too!
    A very JOYful connection! ❀

  2. Noelle says:

    Sweet peas in May…wonderful, so soft and sweet smelling too. Here is my offering:

    • Cathy says:

      Grown in the greenhouse though, Noelle – sadly my outdoor ones are not doing as well and don’t look especially healthy at all.

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  4. Annette says:

    Gorgeous sweet peas, dear Cathy, something I sadly can’t grow as they just hate heat but I gladly enjoy them in your garden πŸ™‚ . I’m pretty sure that you’ve found peace and love already, they shine from every page but of course I hope you’ll find the pebbles again soon πŸ˜‰ . I mislaid my best secateurs in the borders, oh dear, will they ever come out? Here’s my vase: Happy June days x

    • Noelle says:

      Maybe ask someone with a metal detector to seek them out? Good secateurs are a gardener’s best friend, worth being reunited with.

    • Cathy says:

      I wonder if the Winter Sunshine ones would work for you, Annette, if you were able to have them flowering even earlier so as to avoid the heat? Do check out Owl’s Acre and read about them. Thank you for your lovely comments – it almost seems serendipitious that peace and love were the ones still hiding in the garden… πŸ™‚ What a shame about your secateurs – I had hoped to find a pair when I emptied the 2017 compost heap, but sadly I didn’t… Best wishes to you and Monsieur

      • Annette says:

        Thanks, I’ll check them out! No doubt the secateurs will turn up one day looking sad and rusty…mine were a present of the Clematis society that visited the garden, Burgon and Ball, excellent quality. Must get some when I’m in the UK again. Love to you both too x

        • Cathy says:

          Always a hazard with expensive secateurs, I suppose, but there is also the link to your visitors as well, which is a shame. At least B&B have spares and perhaps a refurb service too for when/if they do turn up

  5. I love how one variety produces so many shades of the same colour. I purchased a named variety of sweet pea for the first time this year – they just sprouted in the garden – and I’m guessing the colour will be very similar to your Winter Sunshine – they’re called Earl Grey. Hopefully they will also be in a vase, in a month or so!

    • Cathy says:

      Winter Sunshine is the variety, bred especially to flower earlier at lower temperatures, and there are 12 different colours within the range, Chris.MInd you, I have found at least one plant seems to have a two-tone colouring, so I will try and save some seed from that one. Look forward to seeing your Early Grey sweet peas in due course.

  6. I love your sweet peas Cathy. They don’t grow well here, as I think it gets just too hot for them. Seeing yours makes me want to try next year.
    It is so sweet that you give them away to whoever you see. What a kindness seldom seen in today’s fast-paced society. What a dear blessing it must be to the recipients.
    Thank you for so faithfully hosting us every week. Here is my bouquet for you this week:

    • Cathy says:

      There is a slightly selfish motive in giving them away, Cindy – it encourages them to flower more if you keep picking them!! I really like having the almost full range of colours as in the past I have just had 3 or 4 of them – they certainly look better in a vase like this

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  8. Joanna says:

    Oh I do love sweet peas. What a lovely bunch you have and I’m sure your friends are delighted too! πŸ™‚ Now I wish I had planted some this year…I haven’t had much success with them in the past but it has been so cool and wet this spring they probably would have thrived!
    I’ve got more spring blooms and a matching poem to share…

  9. pbmgarden says:

    Maybe Peace and Love have settled completely to become part of the garden’s supporting foundation. Your sweet peas brought joy to me, a smile at the sight of those beautiful blooms. Nice that you’re able to share bouquets and spread more joy. Thanks for hosting, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      I think they may well have, Susie…! πŸ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the sweet peas – I am still finding such a large bunch a little unreal!

  10. I always love your sweet peas because I have never had luck with them. And I love the soft tones of these ones.

    My garden this year is a bit more bold in color, than the soft pinks and lilacs like yours that innornally have.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Angie – these are the best I have had, and admittedly these early ones grown in the greenhouse have always grown better than any outside

  11. What a wealth of beauty in the bouquet. It finally stopped raining here and I went crazy.

  12. I think peace and love are shining through in your garden.Rocks sink in my beach sand soil, although I have them everywhere. I am envious of your Sweet Peas – never had any luck with them and those soft spring colors are just gorgeous,the simple arrangement just right. I think my vase reflects spring colors in Florida.

    • Cathy says:

      Aw thanks, Amelia, I would like to think that that really is the case. I am so thrilled to have this big bunch of sweet peas but am not so thrilled with my outdoor ones and have decided to make a late sowing in the hope of a later crop

      • Hmm, never actually tried to grow Sweet Peas in pots, a friend did over the winter and hers worked! Maybe that is the trick.

        • Cathy says:

          MIne are planted in the gound within the greenhouse; I did try them in pots one year so I could move them outside when I needed the space for tomatoes, but they didn’t do nearly as well – I think they would have to be in much bigger pots than I used

  13. bcparkison says:

    Beautiful. There is just something so sweet about sweet peas.

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  15. Cathy says:

    A bunch of sweet peas certainly brings joy! Wish I could be one of your recipients. Mine have been a disaster this year – although there may be some in the end. Still haven’t tried Owl Acre, so thanks for the reminder. My greenhouse is singularly unproductive at the moment. Love your pebble idea for positive states of mind too … need that boost!
    I did a vase today, although didn’t plan to. So here it is

  16. Kris P says:

    There aren’t many flowers more perfect than a sweet pea. Last week, I cut the last of those I had grown in a half barrel when they started to mildew and fade but I still have a few vines going strong in one of my raised planters. For this week’s post, I cut some of the newer arrivals in my garden:

    As always, thanks for hosting, Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Glad to hear you still have some sweet peas to come, Kris – when they flower well they are just so pretty, aren’t they?

  17. Cathy the colors of your Sweet Peas are wonderful, I love them. What a lovely and abundant bouquet, it’s magnificent. I really like the idea of stones with messages: enjoy is what the Sweet Peas vase makes you feel. πŸ™‚ Greetings from Margarita.

  18. the running wave says:

    Joy is one of my favourite words! Precious little of it around in the UK at the moment so your gorgeous sweet peas go a long way towards introducing some into the start of our week Cathy! Those blooms are just so lovely, and I can imagine how delicious they smell! Here’s my wild offering this week! Amanda

  19. Anna says:

    Oh that is a most fine looking bunch of sweet peas Cathy and what pleasure they must give you and the fortunate recipients of posies. Funnily enough I thought of your red secateurs when you mentioned the stones that have gone absent without leave. I was going to ask whether you have found them but see that you have already answered that particular question πŸ˜‚ I wonder why Owl Acre don’t sell a mix of these sweet peas – it seems a wasted opportunity. I’ve only just planted my sweet peas at the allotment so will be waiting some time before first pickings. My vase this week is here :

    • Cathy says:

      No, no secateurs, and I fear they must have gone out in the green waste – but unlike Annette’s they were not an expensive pair. I suspect it might be a financial reason that OA just sell single colours, as they will sell …more that way, but I could be wrong

  20. AlisonC says:

    Gorgeous. the colours all look wonderful together. How long are the stems? I have truly incredible lengths on mine ( so far!). I like the pebble idea. I’ve just come back from Cornwall and resisted bringing all the pebbles back. Fully intended to post a vase today but the weekend ran away. This week is going to be busy with lots of work which I’m very pleased about. Perhaps if I start working on my post now I’ll get one done next week. Also I have 11 ducklings which need to be cooed over at at least once an hour! Perhaps that’s where my weekend went. x

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I am thrilled with them. Most stems are about 12″ perhaps, but they do throw up some shorter ones some of the time. I bought a bag of cobbles for another project so didn’t have to resort to raiding beaches πŸ™‚ 11 ducklings is a good sized brood – did the parents nest in your garden? Hope all goes well in your busy week – weddings perhaps?

      • AlisonC says:

        The stems were pretty good even towards the end of the season last year. No, they are our ducks. We have them for slug control. The female made and nest and wanted to sit on it so I let her! I’ve been helping set up a display at the Bath and West today, flowers of course. Then funeral flowers and shop bunches tomorrow and buckets of flowers for a wedding on Saturday. I’m just providing not arranging. In the meantime trying to plant and weed!

  21. Joyful and so early. Well done Cathy. They’re fab!
    Pebbles with positive states of mind are a lovely idea

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  23. karen says:

    Oh how wonderful to have early sweet peas in such profusion. Mine are only just getting going. Here’s my rather late vase ….

    • Cathy says:

      They are definitely the best ever this year, or perhaps it just looks that way because I have mixed the seeds and I suppose have a few more plants than before too!

  24. Cathy says:

    Joy is certainly the right word Cathy. Especially in that last photo. And I am sure Peace and Love are well established in your garden even if the stones are lost! πŸ˜‰

  25. Eliza Waters says:

    Pure heaven! I’ve got to wait 6 weeks before mine bloom, but they’re worth waiting for. πŸ˜‰
    My vase this week:

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, always worth the wait. I have a couple of blooms on my outdoor ones, but they are still small plants and not especially healthy either

  26. smallsunnygarden says:

    I can easily see your sweet peas must bring a lot of joy. πŸ™‚ Your colour blend is lovely and how nice to be able to split seed packets with a neighbor.
    My vase is fragrant this week – a joy in itself as scent adds such a wonderful extra dimension:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy – the neighbour had been admiring mine for the last few years, and sharing them split the cost of a wider range of colours

  27. tonytomeo says:

    No mixes? Actually, with few exceptions, that is how I would prefer it. Renee’s Garden has mixes in which the various components are dyed different colors, so I can actually separate them. I only got such mixes because that was the only way to get some varieties. However, I still like ‘Jewels Mix’ nasturtium!

  28. Heyjude says:

    So are these special early flowering ones? Or early because they are grown indoors? I love sweet peas, but mine in the garden have been severely munched on so I am not expecting much out of them this year.

  29. Chloris says:

    Your sweet peas have been such a success this year, well done they are gorgeous.

    • Cathy says:

      This is their best year ever, Chloris – but my outdoor ones are not doing so good and frankly never dom although I thought I was doing the best for them this year in terms of their location and preparation… 😐

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