These are Spencer Sweet Peas. I start sweet pea seeds in January for a strong show of gorgeous flowers from late June through July. Sweet Peas are needy. Time, space, support, a lot of water and nutrients (this is where our chickens come in handy 😊).
Sweet Peas need to be picked often or they will flower, decide they have done their job, then go to seed on you! I pick ours every two days and change out the flowers at our farm table on Goebel Hill Road accordingly. I pick Sweet Peas into water with flower food (water with a little sugar helps, too) because they last a few days longer that way when kept in a cool house. Please feel free to take the jar with you. If you don’t need it, return it next time and we will wash and reuse it.
Our Harry, Joyce Stanton, Betty Maiden
These delicate Sweet Peas smell like heaven and have such romantic names they have captured my attention my whole life. They appear to be THE flower of England. There are Sweet Pea shows and competitions over there, kind of like what we Americans do with dahlias!
Molly Rilston, Dynasty, Gwendoline
Awhile ago several family members and I sprang for one of those popular DNA tests. I was surprised to find that I’m predominantly British and Irish; so this explains my commitment to Sweet Peas! LOL!
I buy my Spencer Sweet Pea seed from the UK at either Owl’s Acres or King’s Seed. Recently Floret Flowers up in the Skagit Valley started offering Spencer Sweet Peas seed for sale, too; buying local is always good. You can also save your own seed with a little planning ahead. We will have Sweet Peas for a few more weeks, so be sure to stop by the stand on Goebel Hill Road for a bouquet to enjoy this summer.