Sweet Pea - Painted Lady
This charming sweet pea dates back to the 18th century and hence it possesses the original strong, richly scented sweet pea fragrance. Bicoloured flowers of deep pink and white are borne on medium length stems. It is an ideal variety to grow on wigwams in the border and a delightful cut flower.
Sow October indoors, or March to April outdoors. Germinate at 20-30C on the surface of a free draining, damp seed compost, 3 seeds per 7.5cm pot. Apply a layer of compost 1cm deep. Place in a propagator or seal container in a polythene bag until after germination which takes 10-21 days. Spring sowings can be sown outdoors, 2.5cm deep in drills 7.5cm apart. Overwinter October sown plants in cooler conditions such as a cold frame before planting out in spring when the ground has warmed, 23-3cm apart. Pinch out the growing point once the first or second pair of leaves has opened. Water freely during dry weather and apply well-rotted manure occasionally. Regular removal of spent flowers will encourage further blooms.