Small Successes


September 5, 2013 by Hannah

I have been bragging recently about the size of my pumpkins and the girth of my courgettes. So I believe it is time to make a rather humble confession. I cannot grow flowers.

Well, I can grow them but not very well in comparison to my veg. Sweet Peas are the particular bane of my life. I either start them too early or late and am left with scraggy, raggy looking limp shoots. My friend on the other hand will have them growing profusely clustering in pockets throughout her garden, providing mini eruptions of scent and colour.

Yet every year I manage to coax a few more blooms out of my Sweet Peas and this (almost) gives me more joy than admiring my bulging squashes. It’s the hard won small successes which mean the most to me as a gardener.


My best bunch of Sweet Peas to date!

11 thoughts on “Small Successes

  1. Flighty says:

    I sympathise as I had a really poor showing of sweet peas this year. I think that many gardeners have unexpected successes and surprising failures most years. xx

  2. snowbird says:

    The sweet peas you have look charming, along with that lovely blue china. You do have a lovely poetic way of writing….most enjoyable.xxxx

  3. Annette says:

    Well, Hannah, let me tell you the secret is not to sow them too early and to give them plenty to eat and to drink 🙂

  4. Anna B says:

    Hello Hannah! What a surprise I just blogged about my sweet peas! I did a few experiments last year and reckon I’ve nailed it. I’ve loved bringing them into my house, they look amazing and so do yours! I love your blue/white plates. I’ve got 2 little bottles of flowers standing on a similar plate right now! Snap 🙂 Love it 🙂

  5. croftgarden says:

    Even a small bunch is a just reward, quality always triumphs over quantity.

  6. I am so lousy at sweet peas, either mice eat the seeds or they grow just a little with few flowers. Pains me.

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