If you're interested in the history of my efforts to grow sweet peas, see you, gregor mendel (2013), paltry in pink (2012), a plethora of purple (2011), and perennial sweet pea (2010). In the oldest of these postings, I expressed the utterly misguided opinion that: "The frilly, fluttery annual sweet pea is a prima donna with a short, spectacular life. I expect her perennial cousin to be a somewhat frumpy but more dependable companion." So where have all the perennial sweet peas gone? Back to the east coast where they grow wild, I guess.
What flower seems tamer than a sweet pea? And yet it is going wild for me while the quintessential wildflower resists my attempts to tame it.
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P.S. (added April 23): I was so excited about sweet peas sprawling along the ground and encroaching on the sidewalk that I failed to notice one that had climbed up through the lower stems of a five-foot jade plant:
In the photo, the sweet pea blossom looks white against dark green leaves and crispy brown flowers (another heat-wave casualty) . It's actually a very pale pink. I'll deadhead the jade plant and everything will look better.