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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mon Bouquet du Jour




Sweet Peas



Antique Sweet Peas still have that heavenly perfume. 





Their long stems reaching for the sky. 





Almost black.






Still my favorite "Molly Rilestone". 







All along the chicken coop fence.







Happy Sunday to you dear friends. 

Gina 


26 comments:

  1. I love sweet peas and you have photographed them so beautifully!

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    1. Hello Janneke, Sweet Peas are easy to grow as long as we remember to plant the seeds very early in the Spring. In this zone it is the middle of March. Thank you for your visit and very nice comment.

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  2. Dear Gina, Your sweet peas are beautiful, and your photographs of them are doubly so. That second photograph is a major painting waiting to happen!

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    1. Dear Mark, It is in the middle of the day and when the sun is shining that you can smell my Sweet Peas from every part of our garden. I think it is driving my chickens crazy, they keep jumping at the errant vines that are growing through the fence or maybe they like the colors thinking that they would be good to eat.

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  3. I can almost smell the fragrance from here Gina - and the memories of growing them as a child, and gardening with my dear mother, are making me happy.
    Beautiful flowers in your gorgeous garden.

    Happy week ahead my dear.
    Mary x

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    1. Dear Mary, Isn't it lovely how we associate flowers and their perfume with happy memories from our childhood. How wonderful that you and your dear mother spent time together and you learned from your mother how to garden. She would be so proud of you.

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  4. Hello, the sweet peas and colors are just beautiful. Lovely images. Happy Monday, enjoy your week!

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    1. Hello Eileen, It always amazes me how many beautiful colors I see in my Sweet Pea patch. I always have to have Molly Rilestone and Chatsworth Blue. And then there is Wiltshire Ripple, and it goes on and on.
      Wishing you a great week ahead, and thank you so much for your visit.

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  5. Gina, that Molly sweet pea really is something special in the completely fabulous sweet pea family.

    Thanks for showing us all these lovely blooms. xo

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    1. Dear Frances, It is the Chatsworth Blue that has the most incredible perfume, especially when they get warm. But Molly wins the show every time for beauty and color.

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    1. Hello Carolann, Thank you for your visit and thank you also for your very nice comment.

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  7. What could be more lovely than a beautiful container filled with sweet peas Gina - so many delicious colours and such a heavenly perfume - the last photo is a perfect and speaks of summer.

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  8. Dear Rosemary, I tried growing Sweet Peas along that very same fence last year. They didn't do well. But I tried again this year because I had no other place. And they surprised me with their abundance and beauty. I should have known that if I give them copious amounts of water that they would do well.

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  9. Sweet peas are a nice addition along a fence or growing up an arbour as I have done in the past - the thing is to remember to plant the seeds. Next year I'll remind myself with a note. Do yours ever self seed? One of mine did one year but that was the end of them. I am imagining the heavenly scent from all of your sweet peas growing.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday Gina.

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  10. Thank you Judith for hosting Mosaic Monday.
    Yes,sometimes I find a few self-sown Sweet Peas. I try collect seeds, however, they are never as large or as pretty as the plants from new seeds.

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  11. Such vivid colors!
    Please come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/08/double-play-on-way.html

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  12. Hello Sue, Thank you for stopping by and thank you also for your kind invitation. Flowers are such easy subjects and so willing to be photographed.

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  13. I wish mine had grown as I love these flowers...yours are gorgeous!

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    1. Hello Donna, Don't give up. Try them again. They need a lot of water and new seedlings need to be thinned.

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  14. Oh I must plant some Sweet Peas, for these are all so beautiful and remind me of my mothers that grew up and over her fence. She had gotten seeds from the farm where she was born, 78 years before and now she has been gone for over 20 years. I wish I had some of her seeds to plant, and should have paid more attention when things got bad and she had to sell her home~

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    1. Dear Mary, This is very touching. I'm not sure that seeds saved for that long would still be viable. So, try planting new seeds next year. I'm a big believer in saving seeds and most of the time they work well but Sweet Peas are a little different. At least that has been my experience.

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  15. Sweet peas are such delicate and pretty flowers - I do love their scent and they make great bouquets for the house. I've not had much success this year in growing them - perhaps it's been too hot or I didn't water them enough. But there will be another attempt next year! Your photos are gorgeous!

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    1. Hello Lorrie, Yes, do give them another try. Sweet Peas like to go into the ground early in the year. Once they sprout they need to be thinned to 6 inches apart. Then you must deep water them every other day. They will reward you with beautiful flowers and of course, their intoxicating fragrance.

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  16. Hello Gina
    Molly Rilestone has captured my heart - and I would love to have her growing in my garden!
    I love how your chickens are mesmerised by the Sweet Peas too!
    Isn't it lovely how gardening always seems to take us back to childhood. My father especially was a very keen gardener and botanist and I often accompanied him on his trips to botannical gardens, where he told us the latin names for plants - I've never forgotten them!
    A scentuously beautiful post!
    Shane

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    1. Hello Shane, How wonderful that you're also in love with Molly Rilestone. My seeds come from Thompson and Morgan. I have also seen them in other seed catalogs. To me they are the perfect Sweet Pea. They have long stems, they look sensational all by themselves but also pair beautifully with old roses. And, of course, they smell divine. There is another Sweet Pea I think you would like. It's the Chatsworth Blue Sweet Pea. I don't know if you have noticed but all blue Sweet Peas have an almost overpowering fragrance.

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