It is a little known fact amongst us gardening gurus that each month has one or more 'birth flowers' - these are flowers which are generally associated with particular months of the year. It is something often offered as a specialised category by florists but culturally, the history of birth flowers stems from the Roman tradition of gifting flowers to celebrate birth and birthdays and the belief that the characteristics of your birth flower may be "inherited" by whomever is born in that certain month.
April's birth flower is the Sweet Pea so we advise to Fill your garden with sweet peas this month for a summer full of scent and colour! You’ll find potfuls of seedlings on sale at the garden centre right now, ready to go straight into the garden at the foot of a sturdy wigwam or obelisk. Put them near a door, seat or path so you can really appreciate their simple yet delightful flowers and lovely scent.
Our Sweet Pea Small Pot Varities (inc Spencer Mixed, Royal Mixed, Winston Churchill) are priced between £1.29 £1.49 or £2.99 for a strip. Here is Katy putting the new arrivals out in the shrub area as we speak!
Sweet peas thrive in the open ground or in containers of rich potting compost mixed with a soil-based compost to provide extra water retention and nutrients. In the ground, fork in some general-purpose fertiliser first as sweet peas do best in really nutritious, rich soil.
Get your supports into position first: sink wigwams and obelisks firmly into the ground so they won’t blow over. Plant your sweet peas at the same depth as they were in the pot, close to the supports so they’ll cling onto them as they grow. Water well.
Pinch out the tips to encourage branching – this can be done several times through the spring to make sure you get lots of flowers. Exhibitors grow sweet peas on a single, trained stem, pinching out sideshoots and tendrils. You can do this too, but you’ll get fewer, if larger, blooms.
Our sweet peas are highly scented and will delight your senses all summer long - just remember to keep picking them so you can enjoy them in your home as well as your garden!