Today I have been watering my tomatoes with comfrey and nettle tea. I don’ t have a particular recipe, I just put nettles and comfrey into a big barrel of water and leave it for about four weeks until it smells absolutely disgusting and then it is ready to use. It is a wonderful tonic but I couldn’t get the smell out of my nose after doing it so what could be better than a vase of sweet peas? Usually I am a stickler for using the correct nomenclature when talking about plants but even I am not such a pedant as to insist on calling these beauties Lathyrus odoratus. Of course they can be nothing else but sweet peas. These are doubly delightful because the seeds were a present from my lovely friend Cathy at Rambling in the Garden who hosts this meme.
Modern sweet peas such as the Spencer hybrids seem to have bigger, ever more exquisite flowers but at the expense of fragrance and fragrance is the whole point of a sweet pea. And these beauties smell sublime. The varieties Cathy sent me are these lovely old-fashioned varieties . ‘Lord Nelson’ is navy blue, and he was born in the 1890’s. ‘Solway Serenade’ has bi-colour pink and red flowers . The most fragrant of all is ‘Matucana’ and it is also the oldest of all as it dates from the seventeenth century. It is magenta and purple.
With the sweet peas I used some furry pink grass, Pennisetum villosum and pink flowers of Diascia personata.
In with the sweet peas seeds there must have been some vetch seeds, Vicia cracca. When they germinated I thought they must be some unusual sort of sweet peas and now they are flowering I think they look pretty growing up through the sweet peas so I have left them there. They are a perfect match for ‘Lord Nelson.’
To add even more intense fragrance I used some pink lavender.
I think the colours of the little pottery jug are a perfect match for the flowers.
The spiky flower on the left is Salvia greggii ‘Icing Sugar’.
Thank you Cathy for such a lovely gift, I shall certainly grow these beautiful fragrant varieties again next year.