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The first sweet pea of the season has bloomed!  Unfortunately I believe it is a ‘rogue’ and so this plant will be pulled up tomorrow.  A rogue sweet pea is not true to its variety - this should have been a 2 tone pink color!  Sometimes sweet peas mutate and you don’t get the flower you want.  But it still has that lovely sweet pea fragrance 😍Another way of starting sweet pea seeds is to pre-sprout them on paper towel.Wondering how to spend your days? Here's an idea: garden!  If it's still too cold or snowy where you are, then start planning and start some seeds indoors! 
We're on 'shelter in place' orders here and I will be outside everyday come rain or shine - so happy that I can still be in my garden :)I've had many people buying sweet pea seed from me who haven't grown them before (yay!). A question I keep getting asked is what support they need. One of my favorite ways to display sweet peas is to grow them on an 'obelisk' (also known as a 'tuteur' I believe). The one I have in my garden was built very cheaply with the help of a good friend. It is 8ft tall and looks great by itself but even better with the sweet peas entangled on it. I'm thinking about putting together some directions on how to build this over the next couple of months, so stay tuned if you are interested :)We've had a very short winter and way too early Spring so taking advantage and inspecting my rows of sweet peas today with the help of my little firefighter :)
Thanks to my good friend Jennifer @jenniflorasonoma for taking such a cute photo of us.Over the last few weeks I have been planting out hundreds of baby plants on my little sweet pea flower and seed farm. This starts the shift of my focus from running my online shop to working outside and getting Sweet Pea Gardens ready for spring and the harvest beyond. 
So I wanted to offer you a 50% discount on all my remaining seeds!  Many of varieties are all sold out, but there are still some favorites available.
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#sweetpeas #lathyrusodoratus #hardyannuals #grownfromseed #seedstarting #sweetpeagardens #bouquetofflowers #fragrantflowers #flowersofinstagram #sweetpeaflowers #igrewthis #cutflowergarden #flowersfrommygarden #botanicalpickmeup @silverman.photographyOnly 16 out of 52 sweet pea seed varieties left (and getting very low on those ones too). I'm amazed that I have very nearly sold out of my sweet pea seed harvest.  Thank you so much to all of you who have bought seed from me this season - may you be blessed with the sweetest and most fragrant gardens and vases full of flowers :)
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#sweetpeas #lathyrusodoratus #hardyannuals #grownfromseed #seedstarting #sweetpeagardens #bouquetofflowers #fragrantflowers #flowersofinstagram #sweetpeaflowers #igrewthis #cutflowergarden #flowersfrommygarden #botanicalpickmeup @silverman.photographyIt's almost time to turn my focus back to my garden as I begin to slow things down with my online seed shop for the season. There are still about 18 or so varieties left, so if you need some seed, I am still accepting orders - there are some lovely favorites still available (link in my profile).
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#sweetpeas #lathyrusodoratus #hardyannuals #grownfromseed #seedstarting #sweetpeagardens #bouquetofflowers #fragrantflowers #flowersofinstagram #sweetpeaflowers #igrewthis #cutflowergarden #flowersfrommygarden #botanicalpickmeup @silverman.photography

The Sweet Pea

The sweet pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is a flowering plant within the genus Lathyrus in the family Fabaceae (legumes). It is native to Sicily, Cyprus, southern Italy and the Aegean Islands.

It is an annual climbing plant, growing to a height of 3 ft – 6 ft when supported on a trellis or other structure . The leaves have tendrils which twine around supporting structures, helping the sweet pea to climb. In the wild, the flowers produced by the sweet pea plant are purple and smaller than the flowers seen in cross-bred and developed cultivars.