Thursday, July 24, 2008

Peas and the wind

My heritage peas. Seeds were sent to me by Rebsie of Daughter of the Soil
She experiments with breeding of peas, and wished to send anyone who wanted, some of her heritage seeds.

I think this may be a Golden Sweet Pea flower.

This is the flower of a Clarke's Betony Blue, a purple podded pea.
And this is a flower of Magnum Bonum Pea.

There were several mishaps, all because of the strong wind we have here. The first was that my box of seedlings were thrown upside down by the wind, and all my tags were scattered along with all the little pea seedlings. So I had no idea which was which. I grew them onto old Christmas trees. And last month, one tree was toppled by the wind. I straitened it up, and the next day it was back down. So I left it there. Half of those peas survived. It's standing up again, as I hope that stormy weather has passed.

But fortunately, the peas were all mixed up, all 3 varieties are still growing. This is the Golden Sweet, a yellow podded pea, and it grows like crazy!

Here's the purple one, Clarke's Beltony. Lovely color.

And here's a bowl of peas for dinner, from all 3 varieties. mmmmm...
Thanks so much, Rebsie, for the seeds. I am definitely saving a few seeds to plant again next year. Plus a few again now!


Anonymous catnapping said...

how did they taste? peas are some of my favorite veggies!

July 24, 2008 8:54 pm  
Blogger ICQB said...

How wonderful! Thank you so much for your pea post. Peas are very gratifying to grow. I'm just re-entering the gardening world after a long hiatus and I am learning a lot about the best way to grow peas.

I hope you enjoyed your wonderful, fresh peas. We are having some tonight with our dinner - fresh from the garden!

July 25, 2008 5:02 pm  
Blogger kompoStella said...

mmmmmm.... indeed, the peas are just perfect at the moment, even though i don't have the great variety that you do!
i find myself returning to you blog - i like your growing stories, enjoy your pictures and LOVE your designs :-D
wanted to ask whether you're ok with me linking to your blog?

July 28, 2008 11:55 am  
Blogger CIELO said...

What a pretty blog! I really enjoyed my visit here...


July 30, 2008 11:46 pm  
Anonymous Dee/reddirtramblings said...

Beautiful peas. Peas are difficult to grow here because of the heat.~~Dee

August 04, 2008 1:09 pm  
Blogger Salix Tree said...

They all taste wonderful.
The yellow podded have an interesting texture, almost potatoe-ish. The green ones are sweet and yummy.
I'll have to update on the purples, as I haven't yet eaten them by themselves. Maybe in a day or two.

Sure, you may link to my blog, anyone is welcome to do so!


August 05, 2008 7:09 am  
Anonymous sarah said...

Christmas Trees - brilliant! I've been dumping old trees in a corner of the garden and then struggling with canes or too small twigs for my peas. Now I know what to do :-)

August 07, 2008 3:55 pm  

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