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Growing Sweetpeas

A ten year old girl growing sweet peas over a rustic wooden wigwam


GAP Photos/Zara Napier

Feature No:   611 

Qty of Images:    57 


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The joy of growing sweet peas from planting them around a rustic willow wigwam in early May to harvesting the first of these wonderfully scented flowers in June and on into the autumn.

The sweet peas are growing in an organic partly walled kitchen garden at Gowan Cottage. There are soft fruits including raspberries, loganberries, black, white and red currants and strawberries, many vegetables and other flowers like foxgloves, poppies, sunflowers and dahlias all grown for the home and as gifts for friends. Zara and Francis have a ten year old daughter, who, over three months, is shown caring for and enjoying growing three varieties of sweet peas on a single willow wigwam in a raised bed. Sweet Peas - Lathyrus odoratus 'Kings High Scent', 'Perfume Delight' and 'Beth Chatto'(the pale pink flower).

She Plants out the young plants in May (the seeds were set in the pots in early March), securing them by tying them in with raffia. Watering them until they are ready to harvest.



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