Camellias and sweet peas

This is going to be one of those boring posts about the seeds I planted and where I planted them. Before we get to that, here are some pictures of spring flowers.

pink camilia

White camilia

The two camellias above are from the same tree. Sometime in the past few decades, branches from a pink tree were grafted on the white one, and now the tree produces both types of blossoms. The tree is ENORMOUS.

camilia tree

Okay, on to sweet peas.  Last year I had a lot of success with sweet peas so this year I am planting them again, in four different locations.

(1) In the front garden and on the left side of the rock garden, I planted Bijou Dwarf Blend sweet peas. These, according to the package, produce “large aromatic flowers on sweet peas that grow to only 30-45 cm tall on compact bushy plants that don’t require staking.” I planted the pre-soaked seeds about six inches apart, then sowed Purity cosmos over the area. “Single snow-white flowers will lighten the dark areas of a cottage garden with continuous glowering from summer until into late autumn. Plants grow about 76 cm tall”, which means that they will tower over the sweet peas. Whoops.

(2) Area under the lilac tree. Every year I plant this full of flowers and except for a particularly robust bleeding heart, everything else just seems to suffer and die in this location. This year I planted Late Spencer Blend sweet peas, which “are characterized by their frilly petals and lovely fragrance. They have long stems and large flowers.” I also sowed the seeds I collected last year from the Shirley Double Mix poppies, along with the empty seed heads for good measure.

(3) Finally, I hijacked the Man Garden at the side of the yard, and planted three things. (i) Cuthbertson Mix sweet peas, which are a “highly scented mix of cutting varieties in shades of pnk, cream, white with picotee edging and lavender.” These grow to 2 m tall, which is great because they are against a huge hedge (and can presumably climb up the hedge). (ii) High Scent sweet peas, which are highly scented, and are white with bluish edging. I planted these last year with much success.(iii) White cosmo seeds saved from last year. If, like me, you are wondering “what does picotee mean?”, here is a definition plagiarized from Wikipedia: Picotee is a variety of flower whose edge is a different colour than the flower’s base colour. Now we know.

After only one week, the tomatoes have sprouted. See below:

tomato babies

Just a note of thanks to the Man, who cleared out the big pile of junk in the back yard. Thanks honey!

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About Chrystal

This blog is my online journal to keep track of what is going on in different parts of the garden, different times of the year.
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2 Responses to Camellias and sweet peas

  1. patsquared2 says:

    Not boring at all! I love that you learn about your garden and seeds/seedlings the same way I do — the hard way! And I love the “man garden.” My husband constantly reminds me that he, “…is not a man of the soil.” So the garden is all mine. Keep writing! Your posts are great.

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