Garden Journal

Garden Journal

Color Shifting or Color Morphing Sweet Peas

Color Changing Sweet Peas

It's no secret that my all-time favorite flowers are sweet peas. There are literally hundreds (and maybe even thousands!) of different sweet pea varieties offering flowers in a huge spectrum of colors and shades. And while I couldn't pick a single favorite sweet pea variety, I have late...
Spring Sowing Sweet Peas

Planting Sweet Peas in Spring

As a gardener, there is nothing more wonderful than planting sweet peas and other flower seeds in winter. When there is not much going on in the garden itself and I have been spending days inside because of the cold wet weather, getting out my packets of sweet pea seeds and watching the...
Sweet Pea Seed Giveaway

Sweet Pea Seed Giveaway

In the run up to Thanksgiving, I'm busy germinating sweet pea seeds and getting the planting areas ready for them. I'm lucky that the mild climate here in northern California allows me to plant my sweet peas this late because I'm about a month behind schedule this year! Looking forward ...
Should You Soak Sweet Pea Seeds Before Planting?

Should You Soak Sweet Pea Seeds Before Planting?

If you've grown sweet pea seeds before you will probably have heard that you should soak your seeds. And... you've probably also heard that you should not soak your seeds. Soaking sweet pea seeds is supposed to soften the tough outer skin so that the seed can germinate more easily. BUT,...
Autumn or Fall Seed Starting Time

It's Autumn / Fall Seed Starting Time

As the days start to get noticeably shorter and autumn / fall is getting closer, it is the perfect time to start thinking about your spring garden. Hardy annuals are the group of plants I am referring to - they are tough and beautiful flowers that will start blooming early - and bloom f...
How to Grow Sweet Peas

How to Grow Sweet Peas From Seed

When sitting down to write growing instructions, I thought long and hard about how I germinate, plant and grow my sweet peas and I also read through at least 10 different How to Grow Sweet Peas instructions from other sweet pea experts. What I found was varying ways of growing sweet pea...
Classification of Sweet Pea Types

Classification of Sweet Pea Types

Grandiflora The Grandiflora varieties, also now known as the "antique" varieties were developed by Henry Eckford in the late nineteenth century. The standards of these grandilfloras varied from variety to variety. For the most part, they appeared hooded. The flower sizes are smaller tha...