Sweet Smelling, Sweet Pea
Our flower of the month for April is aptly named because the sweet pea is a sweet, petite and charming flower that has always been a spring favorite. It makes an impact in any garden as its delicate fragrance is powerful and its blooms gorgeous to look at.
Sweet pea is an annual, climbing plant and in England they are often called the queen of the annuals because of their beautiful, fragrant blooms. Sweet Peas are famous for their fragrance, a powerful, sweet smell that is quite intoxicating; hence their Latin name, Lathyrus Odoratus.
They come in a wide variety of colors and really add an old fashioned beauty to any garden.
Sweet Peas have a lot of staying power, which is another great attribute of this lovely flower. They will blossom all season long as long as they are deadheaded and tended too well. Here is how to grow these sweet things:
1. Plant where they will receive full sun as they need light to thrive. Choose a site with well drained soil as soggy roots do not a happy Sweet Pea make.
2. Do not over fertilize or you will have a plant with few blossoms and very green leaves. Fertilize about once a month for optimum results.
3. Water your Sweet peas first thing in the morning so that the leaves have a chance to dry out before nightfall; wet leaves make a great environment for fungus a Sweet Pea downfall.
4. Deadheading is a must, so remove dead flowers so that your Sweet Pea will bloom all season long.
5. At the end of the summer make sure that you do not remove all of the old flowers as some will be needed to produce seedpods for next season.
So fill your garden with charm and fragrance by planting some sweet peas, spring will never have been sweeter.