There is still time left to get spring bulbs
and a few choice flower seeds in the ground
for harvest between February and April
If you're on the East Coast it may be too late... : o (
but here in the West
we still have a few weeks left
I like all flowers really... but I love
the romance of a bouquet of Sweet Peas
It is the scent and the soft ruffles of the flowers
that just can't be duplicated
Sweet Peas are really easy to grow too...love that part!
a large pack of seeds
will only set you back
about $5 dollars
One seed packet will yield enough flowers for your arrangement's
for the entire month of April and on into May
There are many ways to stake your peas...I think I have pretty much tried them all
This was my "Sweet Pee Tee Pee"
It work well...
until my peas were literally taking over the entire structure...
but at some point I just let it all go
and just kept snipping and enjoying
You can buy your seed packs in a variety of color choices
but I happen to love the purple and pink varieties
there was burgundy and red in this mixed packet of seeds too
I look for seed packets with clear bags,
where I can actually see what I am buying
and choose the biggest most plump seeds
This year I picked up a packet that has salmon in the mix...
can't wait to see that
This was my Pea structure from last year
which I am using again
I have moved it to a slightly different location because it just didn't get enough sun.
My preference now is a Southern exposure
but Sweet Peas are pretty hearty once they get going
in about any location with decent sunshine
Soak the peas seeds for a day or two before direct sow planting and give them plenty of water
to prevent the seedlings from drying out
The peas are a beautiful addition
to other Spring blooms and bulbs
This year I planted yellow Daffodils...
I found a really bid bag of 50 bulbs at Home Depot for $15 dollars
and the bulbs were huge!
White and Purple tulips got planted too
and a special Darwin hybrid tulip variety called
which I have planted before
The Tulip flowers are huge!
And it's a beautiful shade of orange with streaks of yellow
I lucked out and found large quantities of Tulips on Sale
right around Christmas time
and all the big sacks of bulbs were 1/2 off
I have a big yard so the bulbs really get lost
unless I plant a large quantity...
I planted while it was raining
so my soil was super soft which made the job much easier
And the English roses start to bloom in April too
It all sort of happens at once
and the variety and scent is amazing
So what ever you choose for your garden....
you can plant seeds, bulbs and bare root roses right now...
rain or shine
the end result
is nothing short of beautiful!