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.