I bought sweet peas in March and grew them on the windowsill. They thrived. I planted them out two months ago and put up netting using garden staples. I was assisted in this process by three small children with hammers so it was more traumatic and less effective than I would have liked. The sweet pea all died. I was gutted, but then, some, miraculously, came back to life; they climbed, they thrived, I watered them and cooed over them. I got excited at the prospect that I might actually have flowers.
This morning, I drove into school with the children and Mr. Waffle. When I got there, I realised that I had, idiotically, left my briefcase at home. Mr. Waffle dropped me back home. I decided that I would cycle back into work. Mr. Waffle went about his business. I went in the side gate to pick up my bicycle. I cast my eye over the garden and, to my horror saw that the netting had come adrift, decapitating my sweet pea and leaving them trailing miserably on the ground.
Time was marching on but I felt it was vital to attempt to repair matters. Whether my employer would have shared this view remains, thankfully, a moot point. The back door was bolted, so I thought it would be easier to reattach the netting with the heel of my shoe than going round the front, letting myself in and getting a hammer. This is why, when I should have been in my place of work, I was standing one legged in the mud hammering with a shoe. There is a moral here somewhere. You will be pleased to hear that, as of this evening, the sweet pea is recovering.
Also, and unrelated, email from my husband as follows: “I see a letter in today’s Irish Times suggesting that we are a sitcom (Single Income, Three Children, Outrageous Mortgage).”
I admire your greater dedication to gardening than to work. Be afraid: you’re turning into me!
They’ll be fine – any bent stems will either survive along their whole length or rebranch from below the bend. They grow so fast anyway.
If you have a cold frame, a tip: sow a few in pint yoghurt pots in early autumn for planting out in early spring and they’ll flower much earlier. You may not think you have that level of dedication yet – but just wait.
So with four, am I beyond the few meagre laughs a Sitcom might generate? Rats!
Praxis, sweet pea almost entirely recovered. Amazing. Think I am still a way from yoghurt pots but maybe I am only fooling myself.
CAD, you’re a whole different genre…