They may be easy to germinate, but to get long stems and lovely blooms takes dedication. Photographs: Gap Photos
I love a bunch of sweet peas. There is something satisfying about a vase of them. The flirty rippled Spencers, the old fashioned grandifloras or the cupani varieties with their velvety dark colourings. But boy, it’s hard work to get there.
They may be easy to germinate, but to get long stems and lovely blooms takes dedication. You must create trenches of deep, rich soil, pinch and pluck away unnecessary appendages (the tendrils, for instance) to create perfect cordons, so that all the energy is concentrated into flowers. Then pick like mad to keep up production.