Sweet Peas - Such a Heavenly Fragrance!

Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are delightful! They are like lovely dancers decked out in frilly petticoats of every color in the rainbow. At the end of the day, it is pure joy to kick back in my favorite garden chair, close my eyes and breathe in their sublime fragrance.

Unlike artificial fragrances, natural fragrances are healthy and emotionally uplifting. David and I chose five blends of natural essential oils for our Whidbey Island Natural products and named each for a favorite location on our island:

Lavender & Bergamot [Mutiny Bay]
Rosemary & Eucalyptus [Deception Pass]
Lemongrass & Lavender & Clove [Saratoga Passage]
Tropical Lemon Verbena [Admiralty Strait]
Mint & Sage [Fort Casey] (special editions only)

Nearly every fragrance can be found in my garden. Can you guess which two fragrances we can't grow here at WIN Mini Farm?

I order all my seeds for long-stemmed sweet peas from Roger Parsons Sweet Peas in England. My favorite book and one I recommend to anyone who wants to learn about and/or grow sweet peas is Sweet Peas an Essential Guide by Roger Parsons. You can find the paperback edition on the Roger Parson website https://www.rpsweetpeas.com/shop/books/

In the Pacific Northwest, sweet pea seeds can be planted directly into the garden soil in both the autumn and spring. In late February this year, I planted seeds in five-inch-deep root trainer pots. I installed their trellis and transplanted them into the garden in April. Constructing the trellis, nursing the seedlings, and transplanting took a lot of time and energy. This coming Fall and Spring, I plan to make the task much easier by collecting seeds from my sweet peas and planting them directly into the soil. I will let you know how it works out!

Trellis End Posts

Answer: We grow neither Eucalyptus nor Clove

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