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.