Random Ramblings

Random Ramblings: Personal observations on a wide variety of subjects. Photographs of creatures and things that are taken on seeing the unusual as well as everyday things.

Sweet, sweet pea–perennial pea, everlasting pea

I have always loved sweet peas. The only problem being that the majority are annual and require planting each year and then need to have canes placed near to them so that they have somewhere to climb. A few years ago, I came across a perennial variety – how wonderful! Imagine a beautiful pea flower that comes up year after year!

Last year I saw some advertised on the Web and sent for them .. I must admit they looked extremely fragile and far more frail than I would have liked. So I placed them on a windowsill for a short while to enable them to strengthen up before planting them out. This is what they looked like when they arrived:

Perennial Everlasting Sweet Peas very young seedlings

Young perennial pea plants

Sweetpea 1

Most of them appeared to Winter quite well but only a couple have made it to the point of flowering – the remainder have simply withered away or been eaten by slugs. Above is my very first perennial pea flower to open just four days a go.

Perennial peas plant flowering – (Lathyrus latifolius)

Now just a few days later and they have blossomed into beautiful posy heads of flowers.

Perennial pea 

They are so pretty that I will cross my fingers that they do indeed survive the Winter and bloom again next year.



heavy hedonist said...

Neat! But the benefits of the annuals to the planting soil kind of offset the problems, for me... at least they did when I had a decent garden. This variety is something to keep in mind, though.

Sharkbytes said...

I like them too, but can't seem to get them to grow where I want, so I just let the wild ones roam.

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Linda said...

I also love Sweet Peas and have only planted the annual variety. Did not know that there were perennials. I'll have to take a look around to see if I can find some.

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