You know when you are looking for one thing and you find something else quite different yet exactly what you should have been looking for? Well, there I was wandering around an online craft show hunting for some vintage sewing haberdashery (as I do) when I came across this seed packet for sweet peas.Nottingham Evening Post website. The shop appears to be where Debenhams currently is which made me remember all those Friday afternoon I used to go with my mum to Griffin and Spaldings (the shop that was on this site before Debenhams) where she used to go for a shampoo and set. Funny isn't how one memory leads into another and another. It took many years before we stopped calling it Griffins (but then I still shop at Jessops and that became John Lewis in Nottingham so many years ago........).
I looked at online maps to see where Perth Street was. I was pleased that once identified I could picture it in my mind clearly. It has obviously changed quite a bit from whenever this packet was printed. It is a shame that whilst the packet says it is six named varieties it does not list the names as I would like to grow them.
At around the same point as this packet arrived a small order of sweet peas arrived. This is an exciting delivery of sweetpeas as they have come all the way from New Zealand. Apparently this is the second batch as the first batch was 'torched' on arrival. Who knew a sweetpea delivery could have such an adventure! Be assured this is all safe and above board, they have arrived through the proper channels. I am looking forward to see what they turn out like.
I am not an Autumn sower of sweet peas though I know many people are. I find I have little success with Autumn sowings and I successionally sow usually from late March. This year I did sow some in late January and I have to say they grew really well. So I might start early again.
Now I am going to do a bit of online hunting to see if I can identify the sweetpeas on the packet. If I can find ones looking close enough I shall grow a little patch of Nottingham sweetpeas.
I shall let you know how they develop.