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.



People often skirt widely away from this name when they see it as an option on a search engine, probably because they do not understand what they really are and how useful they can be.

If you have never used a forum then now is the time to start. Firstly, in the search engine type in the topic that you are interested in finding information on then add the word forum – example -

Google Search Engine

Fishing Forum


To get the most out of any forum you really need to join. That way you can see everything that is written – all the questions that have been asked and answered by others and ask your own …. don’t be shy.  You can have an anonymous name - like Alfred the Angler, FishingFriend or may be flipper fin. You can ask awkward questions, ask for tips or advice or offer your own. It is a brilliant way to find out things that are important to you and often get more in depth answers than looking for the same information from a website.

If you have a complex question then it is best to join several forums and type your question into all of them – that way you will have a wide spread of answers to consider and act upon.