Garden Journal

Garden Journal

Buds Dropping Off Sweet Peas

Sweet Pea Buds Falling Off

It's so exciting to see buds emerging on your sweet peas! You check them regularly for progress looking forward to the flowers and then suddenly - nothing! All the buds are gone and all you can see is an empty stem. If this has happened to you, then read on.. Don't be too sad, because this is...
How to Divide Comfrey

How to Divide Comfrey

If you grow sweet peas or any flowers at all, then you should consider assigning a small patch of your garden to growing comfrey. The leaves of the plant can be rotted down to make a nutrient rich feed for your plants and flowers (more about that in another post)! If you don't have comfrey gro...
Sweet Pea Grow Along

Sweet Pea Grow Along

In many parts of the country there is still time to start and plant out your sweet peas for a lovely display of blooms in June and July, so I thought it would be helpful to show step by step how I start and grow my sweet pea vines and you can take part if you want to. What is a "grow along"? B...
Attaching Sweet Peas a Garden Obelisk

Getting Sweet Peas to Grow on an Obelisk

A sweet pea obelisk, trellis or even a fence is a perfect support for growing your sweet pea vines on. However, when the sweet pea plants are small, it can be a little tricky to guide them to grow up the trellis and they will just grow along the ground instead. It's better to get your sweet pe...
Sweet Pea Flower Frequently Asked Questions

Sweet Pea Flower FAQ

If I don't answer your questions about, sweet pea seeds, sweet pea flowers, or how to grow sweet peas, please fill out my contact form and let me know what your question is. What is the meaning of the sweet pea flower? In the language of flowers, the sweet pea has a meaning of delicate or bl...
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 lately beco...
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 them germi...
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 to Than...
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, some e...
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 for long...