*I first published this last year but I’ve just dusted it off and added some new links for 2009*
Now is the time to be choosing your sweetpeas for next year, this has to be one of my favourite jobs in the winter. I spend ages thinking about how they’ll look together in the garden and then how they’ll look in the house when they’ve been picked.
My first port of call is Sarah Raven’s website, she’s championed Sweetpeas in the UK and has made them back into a trendy plant, she’s also done wonders for Dahlia’s as well. Her site gives me an indication of what the trends will be next summer. Like me she loves the dark ‘old fashioned’ sweetpeas which have lots of scent. I think that have a better impact in the garden and then have more strength when they are in a vase with old fashioned roses, they don’t get ‘lost’. Other great sites I’ve found are Simply Sweetpeas and Sweetpeas online who both have a massive selection of the more unusual varities.
Between November and February you can plant the seeds and then pop them in a cold frame or on a window sill – which is where I grown mine. You can buy ‘root trainer’ pots, but I just use recycled toilet rolls like in the picture or cut down kitchen rolls – cheaper and greener!.
Remember to give them something tall to climb (they can go to about 6ft), lots of water mine comes from the tumble drier and the water butt and hopefully by June you end up with something like this