|Spencer Variety of Sweet Peas picked, and resting on the back porch before we distributed to the 'old ladies" in the neighborhood. If one is over the age of 85, Sweet Peas is like Cat Nip. I'm not sure why I love them so!|
Ok, bear with me as I bore you with more sweet pea photos. What was I thinking...exhibition sweet peas in most every color, and no place to exhibit them? I forgot that sweet peas must be picked every day, otherwise they will stop blooming, so now, the porch, bedrooms and most every table in the house, as well as the neighbors' houses are filled with fragrant sweet peas with long stems.
I promise, only one (maybe two) about this project ( because remember? the sweetpea party next weekend - if they last!) and then I will need to write a big round-up showing the step-by-step images. Why? So that next year, some of you can try growing these beauties. You know you want to.
Here in Massachusetts, we had our first heat wave of the summer, with three days over 90 deg. F. Normally, this would prove fatal to most sweet peas grown conventionally, as they dislike significant temperature shifts, and those as we have been experiencing since the week before last, fall between a 50 degree spread. Still, the plants have broken out of their funk, the buds and stopped dropping, and suddenly, Joe and I are swimming in some of the most glorious sweet peas, with one foot long stems and a fragrance that can make even a raccoon, swoon.
I'm a little busy with work presentations this week, so I will simply share these images with you.
|After Cutting early in the morning, cut sweet peas are laid out and arranged by color before being plunged into cool, fresh water to harden off.|