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Selwyn Times: July 25, 2017

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Tuesday July 25 2017 31 Gardening Flowers that are as sweet as can be Rachel Vogan sings the praises of sweet peas – tough little bloomers that can light up the garden year-round WHENEVER I’M asked what my favorite flower is, I struggle to answer as I have so many. It’s like asking which is your favourite child – how do you choose? My top picks always include dahlias, gladioli, daphne, and daisies; I am never without roses or hellebores no matter where I live, and every year without fail I grow sweet peas anywhere I can find room to squeeze them in. I’m not sure where my devotion to them came from – my uncle Teddy used to grow them in French Farm in the 1970s, so it may have been from there, although I have always loved any flower I can pick for a posy, and have a special affection for any bloom that will give someone joy when they’re presented with it. New Zealand has a strong history with sweet peas, both in terms of seed production for English and European seed catalogues and sweet pea breeding. Dr Keith Hammett is the godfather of sweet pea breeding; he has a passion for these blooms that just captivates you. Keith’s interest in the sweet pea started off as a teenager, when his uncle decided he wanted to separate his flower and vegetable garden, doing so by planting a PACKED WITH PERFUME: High Scent (left) is tremendous variety to plant. Sweet pea Bix (middle) and Pink Nines for the show bench. dividing row of sweet peas. To hear Keith recall it, it was love at first sight. This love has only continued throughout the years, as sweet pea varieties bearing the Hammett name are now sold all over New Zealand and around the world. I first met him about 20 years ago, and was struck by his contagious keenness for both breeding plants and creating cultivars that fitted the local New Zealand climate. I couldn’t quite keep up with all the different characteristics he was producing and aiming for, but was mesmerised and wanted to soak up what I could, knowing that I could stand to learn a lot from him. So I sat and listened, barely saying a word! Fast forward a few decades and every year I plant out dozens of his varieties. My go-to is his High Scent as it has got the most magnificent fragrance, and beautiful flowers with an antique cream base and delicate violet edging on each petal. One of its best features is probably its prolific blooming capacity, as once it starts flowering in November I can be picking it continuously until the end of March, as long as I pick off any spent flower seed pods along the way, and make sure to fertilise and water them regularly. Like me, they love their tucker! For the show bench I always plant Piggy Sue (not to be confused with Peggy Sue), named after a pig rescued from farrowing stalls. Its colouring is a pink flush against a cream ground, with young flowers that often resemble a pink picotee when they first open. Last year I planted Pink Nines for the first time, which has masses of flowers on each stem – up to nine on each. Paradox has an intense, rich, violet-blue flower but has lost its ability to climb, so is one you would plant as a ground cover or for use in hanging baskets. Keith says all the sweet peas he offers are great for picking, reminding me that “Sweet peas are the ultimate ‘cut and come again’ flower”, meaning that the more you pick from the flower stems, the more they will produce. He goes on to mention: “The ones with the larger, frilly flowers have longer stems than, say, some of the smaller flowered forms with the strongest scent.” His most highly-scented varieties are Original, High Scent, More Scent, and High Society. WHEN, WHERE & HOW • Plenty of sun needs to be on the menu – while sweet peas will bloom in half-day sun, the results are always best when they are planted somewhere that gets rays all day. • Sow seeds now or look for seedlings, as they are in the shops throughout August, September and into October. • Seeds can be sown directly where they are to flower provided the soil is well drained, in a sunny position, and you are able to protect against slugs, snails and maybe birds. • If sown into pots for planting out later, seeds do not need to be grown inside or in the glasshouse, simply sow and place outside in full light. • Provide support – sweet peas are a tumbling vine and need something to cling to when climbing. This support can be as simple as bamboo canes, wigwams, or old bike wheels, while netting against a fence or wall is a popular choice. gardening without guesswork Question: Answer: Hi I have a lemon tree and was wondering what are good companion plants for them? Companion planting for lemons isn’t something that gets asked about very often, so there isn’t a set answer exactly. Here is some information that would be of use if you are wanting to plant something around your lemons. Lemons are shallow rooting, need good drainage in winter, a cool root zone with plenty of water in the summer, and an acid soil ph. This means that they do not like their roots cultivated to plant any annual type plants. Therefore more permanent plants around and underneath the lemon would be OK. Ground cover plants would be suitable (this could include perennial herbs like mint, rosemary or thyme). These would help to keep the root zone cool in summer. As far as we are aware, there are not any plants that would give lemons protection from pest and diseases that are considered companion plants. That is to say that they not exist only that we wouldn’t be able to suggest any. A garden centre expert may be able to help more with this is you need. We hope this helps. for more information, check out our website: www.intelligro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz Thanks to sach for her question. WIN! a $50 INTEllIgrO gIfT VOuchEr! Send us your question and BE IN TO WIN! Email to: info@igro.co.nz or post your question on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz New questions to be received by Tuesday1st August. Want a lemon tree but don’t have a garden? Meyer lemon trees grow excellently in pots. If you are restricted to only having pots and containers, then this variety is for you. Make sure you plant them in our Patio Plus potting mix, and ask us about what fertiliser to use. There are different fertilisers for trees and plants in pots and for those that are in garden beds! QualITy prOducTs frOm ThE WEB TO ThE shEd!