The range of colours available in both old-fashioned Grandiflora sweet peas and the modern Spencer sweet peas is simply amazing and for this new season Thompson & Morgan are releasing two exclusive blends that bring together a huge range of varieties.
‘Heirloom Bicolour Mixed' (left) is exactly what it says on the packet: a blend of old-fashioned heirloom Grandiflora sweet peas, renowned for their exceptional scent, and all with bicoloured flowers. The blend includes the classic ‘Cupani', in maroon and mauve; ‘Painted Lady', in pink and white; ‘Lady Turrall, in magenta and lilac; ‘Butterfly', in mauve and white, and ‘Indigo King' in violet-maroon and violet and many more.
T&M are also introducing ‘Sweet Dreams' (below), a blend of fifty one - yes fifty one - different varieties all chosen for the their fragrance, their exhibition quality blooms and their good garden performance. Many of the varieties included are award-winners and this blend comes with more than the usual number of seeds in the packet - sixty seeds rather than the forty five or even twenty five of many mixtures. Of course, with more than fifty different varieties included you still probably won't get a plant of every single one.... You'll just have to buy more packets!
And don't forget: the best time to sow sweet peas is not in the spring but in the autumn. October and November are the best months so the time is right to sow these new sweet peas now. Let them get established in pots through the winter ready for planting out in spring at the time when you would otherwise be sowing seeds. It gives them a real head start.
You can order seed of sweet pea ‘Heirloom Bicolour Mixed' and sweet pea ‘Sweet Dreams' from Thompson and Morgan Seeds.