Sweet Pea 'Flora Norton'
Introduced in 1904, Flora Norton Sweet Peas are an old world variety which is favoured for both a blissful sweet fragrance and graceful upright blooms. The pale to sky blue tones are a sweet addition to the early spring garden. Developed by the Scottish Plantsman and historical founding father of many preserved sweet pea varieties, Henry Eckford. Recognised by the Royal Horticultural society in 1995 with a garden merit award for its enduring appeal.
Sweet Peas prefers a sunny open position in the garden in a soil enriched with aged compost and decomposed manure. Ideally, soils should have a pH around 7 or above for optimal growth as they dislike acidic soils. Sweet Peas attach readily to any open structure that they can get their tendrils around, from simple wire fencing, to cane tepees and elaborate arbours and lattice work. It is important to set up any support before sowing or transplanting so as to avoid damaging the young seedlings as they establish. Sow seed either insitu, or in trays for transplanting. Direct sowing works very well for spring and summer sowings, while indoor sowing is best in autumn. Protect young seedlings from snails, especially during the cooler months. As they begin to flower, it is important to water regularly during dry periods and pick the flowers to prolong flowering.