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