Sunday, 24 June 2012

pretty as a pea...

A sunny spell and the peas are doing well,
I grow old vartieties of tall peas, up wigwams rather than pea sticks, and the flowers are so beautiful in the bright sun:
white  or coloured
and a lovely yellow mangetout with purply blue flowers
even the sweet potatoes are flowering
and the ordinary potatoes too
so new potatoes for tea, with peas to follow soon!
so sun shine good
but rain was needed
and all is flourishing
now we are into days of new potatoes with salad and.........
hope you've had a good weekend too,
:-)


16 comments:

  1. New potatoes and lovely fresh peas my favourite foods. I love it when the potatoes and peas flower, last year my potatoes didn't flower at all but when we went to Norfolk on hols there were fields full of potato flowers - as pretty as a garden. I think I will some heritage peas next year.

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    1. i would recommend them, take up less space, good yields and good flavour and so very pretty,
      easy to harvest too!
      [you can see i am a fan!]

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  2. What a lovely blog, so glad I found you :)

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    1. you are very kind....
      its a little small time compared with yours but it keeps me happy!!

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  3. are the the potatoes Charlotte?

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    1. they should be 'orla' a salad variety
      the next row should be 'charlottes'
      however last year i did muddle two rows when i was planting so anything is possible! they do look like the right shape for 'orla' though....
      you've got me worried!

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  4. We're having new potatoes for tea tonight with roast beef, yum. I love this time of year when the potatoes are ready for harvesting. Hubby sowed some more peas over the weekend, the first batch haven't done very well at all.

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    1. i agree, frshly dug potatoes are such a treat...
      Good luck with the new peas, I am watching pods swell and anticipating fresh little peas any day now!
      little things :-)

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  5. I like the idea of growing peas up a wigwam and may well do that next year as I don't generally bother with them.
    I noticed today that more of the potato plants than usual are flowering,especially the main crop Desiree. Flighty xx

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    1. hope that means you get a good crop of potatoes!
      peas up wigwams saves space and makes picking easy, don't think i will go back to short varieties easily :-)

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  6. I grew Golden Sweet mangetout last year and they were lovely, though the plants did get huge and ended up collapsing in the wind! Haven't tried sweet potatoes before. Do you have them under cover? xx

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  7. i grow the mangetout up a wigwam and the sweet potatoes start of on a windowsill then go outside... so no, not under cover and this is my forth year of growing them...
    the only really disasterous year was when the moles ate the lot!

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  8. Wow those peas look great, I didn't know older varieties grew tall like this. Could you name some for me so I can have a look around?? My peas haven't germinated this year...think I will have to sow some more"!"!

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    1. These three varieties were:

      Champion of England
      Telephone Pea
      Serpette Guilloteau

      I got the seed originally from the real seed cata logue [www.realseeds.co.uk] but once you have the plants you can save your own seed as they are old stable varieties...good luck!!

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  9. I am growing Telephone peas instead of Alderman the only difference being the slugs had most of mine, I`ve had to replant

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    1. i start mine off under plastic bottles until they are big enough to hold their own against the slugs / pidgeons etc.
      i like telephone peas :-)

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