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There's so much I could say about sweet peas and none of it practical or edible. I grow sweet peas for beauty, scent and memories. With perfect timing the first 'Heirloom Cupid' blossom began opening today, when I needed a sign to keep trying, hoping and trusting, to be patiently persistent but not blindly stubborn, to accept my balcony garden's sunlight and size limitations, and to follow nature's schedule rather than impose my own.

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More words to follow in a later post. For now, I'm just going to enjoy the shades of pink that emerged from the little brown seed I buried in April.

Reader Comments (6)

Those are just lovely Elaine! It's definitely worth having some flowers amongst your food, even on a balcony.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterArwen from Hoglet K

Hi Arwen. Yes, I agree. I cannot give up sweet peas. Somehow, I always find a bit of space, though it's been really challenging this season.

June 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterElaine

So pretty! You do have green fingers Elaine.

My first batch sweet pea seeds broke but I'm hoping for a lovely flower like yours on the second batch. I think mine are a pink heirloom variety too....

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSophie

Hi Sophie. I hope for lots of flowers with your second batch. I was a little concerned about growing pink ones -- they looked very washed out on seed company's web sites -- but in real-life these sweet peas are a delicate bi-colour rosy-pink and blush-pink. I don't know much about different sweet pea varieties and cultivars but these heirloom ones seem to have smaller, more delicate blossoms than many of the modern ones -- I prefer the former.

Today my one thumb is not so green -- in fact it's a bit black from squishing bugs on the nasturtiums (ugh). I confess I'm a bit of a terrier about my gardening. I don't give up easily -- lots of mistakes and losses but every sweet success (even just one blossom) keeps me trying again.

June 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterElaine

Could be the perfect pink. Beautiful.

June 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergardener

Hmmmm....it might be kind of fun and challenging to match this pink to a Pantone colour.

Lovely to hear from you Ms. Gardener -- I must check out your balcony very soon http://www.balconygardener.ca.

June 30, 2009 | Registered CommenterElaine

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