Sweet Pea Helen Millar
I had a very dramatic response the first time I saw Sweet Pea ‘Helen Millar’ bloom in my garden. The flowers are so beautiful they actually took my breath away. If you are growing for a Wedding then in my opinion this one is a ‘must grow’!
Lavender Flush on White, but in real life its hard to actually say exactly what colour they are, I’ve taken lots of images so you can decide for yourself.
Sweet peas are an easy to grow flower. They are undemanding and pretty well disease free but like all plants, they benefit from good treatment.
How to Grow:
Here in the UK I sow from Autumn onwards, undercover or in a sheltered spot. Spencer varieties will also happily grow from a Winter/Early Spring sowing. Sweet peas are hardy so can be planted outside in March or April (or 2-3 months before your last frost date). Provide a strong trellis or support for Sweet peas to climb.
*Unlike garden peas, sweetpea seeds are poisonous if ingested. Unfortunately mice still like to steal them so are best pre-sprouted
Variety: Lathyrus odoratus
Type: Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun in free draining soil.
Sow: Spring or Autumn
Germination: Up to 30 days
Harvest: May/June – July
Seeds per packet: 20
Cutting /Vase Life:
For the longest vase life, pick when the first flower opens leaving two to open in the vase. Sweetpeas have a relatively short vase life making them the perfect choice when growing your own.
Place flowers straight into ready buckets of water. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning.