The first of the sweet peas came up this week. The soft petals and gentle scent fill me with a sense of nostalgia.
My friend Kelly got me hooked on sweet peas (the flowering vine variety) a few years ago after a chat on our blogs. Up until then, I had grown the vegetable sweet peas, but not the flowering vine. I didn’t know what I was missing?
I planted the seeds late that first year, with a so-so crop. The seeds need to go into the ground early. The following year they came up on their own, and I’ve had a beautiful, self-seeded crop ever since.
The vines grow close to the sidewalk on both sides, ensuring a sweetly scented stroll past my house.
I enjoy making small bouquets, mixing in some lush fern cuttings, and whatever else is in bloom at the time. I save empty jars throughout the year so that I have plenty to give away.
It will be a few more weeks before they take off, but we planted several stakes over the weekend so they can happily climb skyward.
I can’t wait.