First proper job of the gardening year done
Much later than normal, I was finally well enough to sow my sweet peas yesterday.
It’s always a benchmark event in the gardening year – usually, the first seeds to be sown – so you know spring is on its way.
It’s even better when it’s a glorious day outside and the temperature in the conservatory rises high enough to work in a T-shirt and feel the sun on your skin.
This year’s choices are the new Night Sky from Matthewman’s, www.sweetpeasonline.co.uk a mauve flake bloom (white with bluish bits, basically).
There’s also Parfumiere Mix (a perfumed mixture of heirloom Grandiflora varieties, plus some new types selected for their ability to fill a room with that heady sweet pea perfume.
Lastly, there’s Prince of Orange a sweetly-perfumed Grandiflora beauty in orange with a touch of clashing pink. It’s an heirloom variety, Introduced by famous breeder Morse in 1928, it has only recently been re-introduced. The latter two are from Plant World Seeds, www.plant-world-seeds.com.
I used my usual three seeds to a large yoghurt pot with a 50/50 mix of seed compost and Dalefoot Compost’s Vegetable Compost (odd, I know but we’ll see how it works out).
Then bung them in the propagator at approximately 15ºC, sit back and wait…