Sweet pea ‘Painted Lady’ has a history that goes back to the 18th Century (1730’s in fact) I don’t know of an historically earlier sweet pea…so we are safe in saying that it is ‘old school’. As a rule the older varieties of Sweet Peas have strong scent whereas the newer varieties have been bred for colour. For cut flowers I think Sweet Pea ‘Painted Lady’ is one of the best…the stems are strong and of a medium length…they last well in the vase and also have wonderful colour….well….if you like pink. The flowers are bi-colour…a delicate almost white pink and a deeper Hubba-Bubba pink.
‘Painted Lady’ are also an early flowering variety…you will have them in May from a Autumn (October) sowing and June from a spring sowing (March/April)
Keep harvesting the flowers and they will keep coming for yonks.
Naturally I believe my sweet pea seeds are the best in all of old England…and I have ‘Painted Lady’ seeds at £1.95 for 20 of the little beauties.
The RHS have a good guide to growing sweet peas if you need it. Autumn is also a great time to sow some Hardy annuals.
Sweet Pea, ‘Winston Churchill’. | Higgledy Garden
July 2, 2014 @ 4:00 pm
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