Sweet Pea Valerie Harrod
Sweet Pea Valerie Harrod is right at the very top of my favourites. A warm coral Spencer variety with huge blooms, try it with ‘New’ Mollie Rilstone I love to plant them together, perfect sisters!
Its got everything, long stems, huge flowers and the sweetest fragrance… Sweet peas elevate any arrangement like no other flower!
Favourites are always just a personal preference and simply this is mine.
How to Grow:
Here in the south of the United Kingdom, 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 cold 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. For detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
*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.