In a Vase on Monday: Sweet

These sweet peas are indeed sweet, both by the traditional definition of ‘sweet’ and its modern meaning, ‘awesome’ or something along those lines. An early variety bred to grow in lower light levels, ‘Winter Sunshine’ was introduced to me by blogger Jenny of Duver Diary some years ago and I have successfully grown them ever since. They need the protection of a greenhouse but, sown in October, they have been producing blooms since the first week in April and will continue to do until they are removed early in July to make way for tomatoes. Available only from Owls Acre they only come in single colours but by sharing a seed order with my neighbour we grow almost the complete range of shades.

Normally I would be regularly giving away posies, but the circles I can currently move in are obviously very limited and I shall have to be more pro-active in finding recipients so that I can keep picking to prolong their flowering – either that or selfishly keep creating vases for my own pleasure, as I have done today. Actually, other than the first few stems this is the first bunch I have picked for myself, and very sweet it is too, far sweeter than the Golfer’s sugar-free butterscotch! The Caithness Glass vase is one of several in this colourway and is the perfect companion for the contents.

The end of May is an abundant time in many northern hemisphere gardens, so perhaps you could cut blooms from your own garden today to share with us on IAVOM. If you would like to do so, please leave links to and from this post.

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48 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Sweet

  1. Beautiful combination of vase, flowers and doily.

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  3. Cathy says:

    Lovely. Wish I could smell them! This year you can indulge yourself with all that lovely scent Cathy. Perhaps there will still be some flowering when you are finally able to meet friends or family. I love your Caithness vase. You have quite a few I think, and I envy them all! My vase has a very slight and pleasant scent from the addition of a single stem of bedstraw only just opening. Mmmmmm. 😃 Thank you as always. xx

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Cathy, it certainly feels indulgent to have a big posy of them like this. I have started to take a leaf from Monty’s book and cut all the flowering stems once a week. Not sure what bedstraw smells like but if it is fragrant then when it was used in mattresses it must have been lovely!

  4. I love all the shades of blue and can definitely imagine the fragrance! I’ve done a few doorstop drop-offs with jars of daffs and tulips this spring, hands washed and jars wiped clean. My apartment dwelling friends have appreciated it, I think!
    Here are a few of the last spring bulbs in my garden – temps in the 30’s starting today- ugh!!×2

    • Cathy says:

      I other years I have noticed that what I think they call ‘lilac’ seems to be an especially strong variety, domiating the mix even when there are the same number of seeds of each. I don’t order the scarlet variety as I think it would look out of place

  5. the running wave says:

    So sweet and so delicious! What lovely colours and I can just imagine they smell wonderful! My sweet pea plants are really only apologies for plants at the moment. Thin, small straggly things. If they grow up to be real plants it will be nothing short of a miracle, so I will be enjoying yours for as often as you show them to us! Thank you. Amanda

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amanda – I do like this mix of colours. For my outdoor ones I have a red and a pink variety on one from and a mix called ‘Sorbet Mix’ on the other – I have noticed a few buds on the former, which seems very early!

  6. pbmgarden says:

    Cathy, you’ve got the magic touch. The sweet peas are delightful in your glass vase. I’ve yet to have any of mine flower. There are still a couple the (at least 2) rabbits have ignored, so perhaps I’ll have the luxury of seeing them in person. Your vase is a treat, regardless. Thanks for hosting us.

    • Cathy says:

      Aw, thanks Susie, but this variety of sweet pea is such a winner on its own. They do a ‘Spring Sunshine’ range too, but by the time the WS have finished my outdoor ones should be flowering and are looking better than ever before. I hope ‘your’ rabbits keep away and you will have your own to pick!

  7. Anna says:

    Oh they are such an appealing colour combination Cathy – just pure magic 😄 The vase is a perfect fit. I must clear a corner in the greenhouse this summer and make room to grow a big pot of them. My sweet peas have only just gone onto their wigwams in the big outside so a while yet before there are any flowers to speak of. Thanks as always for hosting. My vase is here :

    • Cathy says:

      These sweet peas have been so reliable, Anna, and I have never had an issue with them – I did try them in pots one year, still inside, so that I could move them outside and get the tomatoes in earlier, but they didn’t do as well. If you are going to use pots, use the biggest ones you can

  8. I just found out I can grow Sweetpeas in the winter here, so I hope to have a vase as lovely as this one later in the year. The flowers look wonderful in that vase, sweet indeed. Here is my vase this Monday thanks for hosting, Cathy.

  9. Sharon says:

    Lovely sweetpeas and perfectly matched vase too. Here is my vase this Monday Thanks for hosting Cathy.

  10. Noelle M says:

    Such a lovely combination: sweet peas and that well chosen Caithness Vase. Without any peeping, I happen to have chosen a similar vase:

  11. Kris Peterson says:

    Simply beautiful, Cathy. I love the color mix. My own sweet peas bloomed late, presumably due to our cooler than usual winter and spring, only to then be blasted by 2 heatwaves. As a result, they’ve been very disappointing this year. Regrettably, I’m planning to pull them out today to make way for my summer bloomers. However, I did tuck the last decent sweet pea bloom I had into one of my vases this week:

    • Cathy says:

      I think the choice of sweet pea mix is such a personal thing, isn’t it? I agree there comes a point when removing blooms like this is just the right thing to do, even when there are a few blooms still coming – but, as gardeners, we usually have other plans to put in their place

  12. You are so lucky to be able to start sweet peas in the fall. Mine are all of 20cms tall at this point and sulking! Here’s the link to mine.

    • Cathy says:

      These ones have to be sown early, but the main season ones can be sown in the autumn too. I used to do this but have found the ones sown in Jan or Feb give better results, so that’s what I do now for the main season ones. They are about 30cm now

  13. What magnificent sweet peas and with those wonderful colors: I love them and I love them. I have never seen such a lovely bouquet of sweet, very sweet peas. The vase is gorgeous and goes wonderfully well with sweet peas. It is a delicious, lovely, charming set: I love it. And yes, it is sweeter than golfer’s sugar-free candies !!!!! Keep you and the golfer safe, Cathy. Take care. Very affectionate greetings from Margarita.

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  15. Ah-ha I wondered how you managed sweet peas so early in the greenhouse, I have been trying with just the regulars. Gorgeous!! My flowers are here

    • Cathy says:

      I can’t remember if you have a greenhouse yourself but I am sure there will be at work – they are definitely worth growing for their earliness (first flower was 11th April this year) and they are easy and reliable

      • I was planning for work. I have an upright cold frame at home but that wouldn’t leave room for much else.
        I shall try to order some

        • Cathy says:

          The neighbour I shared the order with grew them the first year without a greenhouse, starting them off in an outhouse and then in pots which he moved outside. He has a greenhouse now but is still growing them in pots which he has again moved outside – but they are several weeks behind mine. I did suggest that if he wasn’t going to grow them in the g/h he would be better growing ‘ordinary’ varieties and would therefore have much more choice. – and they would be cheaper!

  16. Beautiful Cathy and so early – I did a double take on seeing them! No IAVOM contribution from me today, but I have built my wigwams and planted out my summer sweet peas so some good progress made.

    • Cathy says:

      Well done for getting your wigwams done – it is the first year I have used proper beanpoles for my outdoor ones so they really look as if they mean business! The early indoor ones are great for bridging the flower gap and utilising the border in the greenhouse until I need the space for tomatoes. With your new acquisition you could grow them next year too!!

  17. Oh, your vase really is sweet. Your sweetpeas are gorgeous, and you definitely should keep making bouquets for yourself! I love that vase, and the doily as well! Here’s my vase for this week:

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kimberley – I have only had oddments of them in a vase this year up to now, so it does feel a real treat having a big bunch!

  18. rickii says:

    A Rhapsody in Blue…so you!

  19. tonytomeo says:

    I gave up on growing these years ago. However, they were my niece’s favorite in the Los Angeles region! I do not know how she did it, but they did quite well there.

    • Cathy says:

      Getting the timing right, perhaps, in line with the coolest part of her year?

      • tonytomeo says:

        Yes, and it is not easy in the Los Angeles region. Seed get sown in October like they do here, but timing is more critical. They can be a bit later here. Nonetheless, it was too much scheduling for me.

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