You may or may not know that I’m now a keen gardener, well try to be anyway. I started working on these little sweet pea treats a few months ago after seeing a bigger version from Booths supermarket. I’ve always loved sweet peas, ever since we had them as flowers at my brothers wedding.
I’ll be honest, my creatively level is close to zero and I spend way too much time on Pinterest trying to copy things that other, much more creative people have produced. That being said, I’m pretty happy with these pots as a first attempt.
How I did it!
The process started back in March, I’d cultivated some seeds I had from the previous year and sowed a couple of seeds into each tray. This year, I used John Innes seed sowing compost as normally I’d just the standard stuff from Homebase and I do think this is worth doing as the added nutrients helps the seeds germinate a little faster and I’m very impatient!
It is essential you use a cold frame or propagator, sowing directly into the ground does work but the end result isn’t as impressive.
Once they started to get a little leggy, I pinched out the longest growing tip as this encourages side shots and results in more flowers. After a couple of weeks, they’d already grow a few more inches. Correct me if I’m wrong but I really do think that stage when plants are just started to get their form is the most exciting part of gardening. It’s just a little thumbs up to say your done a good job! (Is this sad, do others think like this!?)
Anyway…the sweet peas started to get a bit of height in late April so I decided to re-pot them in groups. I did have a mix of two varieties but I forgot which ones they are so that’ll be a nice surprise later in the summer! Potting on is fairly easy but does require a delicate hand, you don’t want to crush the new shoots or damage the plant.
I knew I wanted to give these as gifts so those ugly plastic pots weren’t going to cut it. Originally I was just going to go with the good old terracotta ones but Pinterest inspired to do something a little more fun.
I found these amazing painted pots and hoped they’d be easy to create! Luckily they were!
Using some enamel spray paint, I literally just sprayed them and waited for it to dry. Next time I do this, it’ll probably wait until each layer dries first as the paint did sink into the pots a little. The end result isn’t perfect this time as they do look a little faded but I kind of like the way it looks, you can tell their home-made anyway!
I added the canes for the sweet peas to climb up and I really like the way they turned out. It shouldn’t be too long until they start to give up some beautiful flowers.
These would make perfect gifts! If your interested in purchasing one, send me an email and I’ll get back to you with prices.
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