Sweet Peas for Beginners
Speaker: Roger Parsons
Date: 30th October
Some 22 members enjoyed an interesting and instructive talk from Roger Parsons, a renowned sweet pea grower and exhibitor, and were pleased with the opportunity to purchase some home grown sweet pea seeds from his wife Alison.
He explained the best type of sweet pea for showing and the essentials for good germination and growth for cutting. There were colourful slides to illustrate his inspirational talk and lots of different varieties were described.
The Spencer variety figured a lot which originated in Althorpe. He recommended when and where to sow and grow, exploded some well rehearsed myths and legends and gave us reasons to believe that sweet peas were in fact easy to grow. He also covered what to do about pests and diseases.
He them went through a list of the best colours and varieties from which we were inspired to purchase seeds of our own interest. We liked the old fashioned kind that was defined as over 100 years old, like Unique (1906), Lord Nelson (1907), Matucana (1920s) and the granddaddy of them all, Cuprani Original (1699).
He described the self coloured, broken pigment and bi-colours of the Spenser variety and finished up with descriptions of other species such as the everlasting pea, spring pea (lathyrus vernus) and the later (lathyrus aurus) and the chickling pea.
There were lots of questions which Roger was happy to answer for us and then we got down to our purchases. Click here if you would like to visit Rogers Sweet Peas website