Thursday, July 2, 2009

Flower of the week: Wild sweet peas

I love my sweet peas.

They grow wild around our house. Last year I watched them every day, waiting until their little seed pods were ready to pop and send sweet pea seeds flying.

I waited, and I watched. And I waited. Waited until they were just perfectly ready so that I could pick them and save the seeds.

Because they aren't growing in a good spot based on my landscaping plans, and I wanted to make sure I could get them established in another area of the property this year.

I especially love the pure white sweet peas. We only have one tiny patch of them. I guarded their seed pods very carefully last year. Very, very carefully.

So you can imagine my horror last year when, just a day or two before I was going to harvest their seed pods, I heard my overzealous husband with the lawn mower. They were gone before I knew it, without even a tiny shred of a seed pod left behind. I think I might have cried. At least a little bit. This year I was smarter and issued a restraining order that prevents him or his lawn mower within 20 feet of them.


  1. They GROW WILD AROUND YOUR HOUSE?! Oh my gosh, I'm so jealous! (I'm outside of Colo Springs.) I love sweet peas, love them, they were on my wedding cake topper...sigh. Beautiful!

  2. I don't think I'd ever seen a sweet pea before we moved here. They grown on the roadside and most people mow them down or spray them with RoundUp! The first year I was here I thought of them as a weed, too. But then I started really looking at them and noticed what a pretty flower they are. I'm watching the new crop of seed pods so I can collect more seeds again this year. I'm thinking of building a fence around the white ones!


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