Several years ago I planted sweet pea seeds in my front garden.
I had no idea what sweet peas really were or the beauty that they possessed. I bought them because when I first started dating my husband he use to call me Sweet Pea and I thought it would be neat to have a flower growing in my garden to remind me of those times. He doesn’t call me Sweet Pea that much anymore, but that’s because Gracie has taken over that nickname and that’s fine with me, she deserves it.
This year I was going to rip out out my sweet pea because it has grown out of control and has taken up a good portion of my front garden.
It’s a serious mess and I just wanted it gone.
But then it started blooming and it looked gorgeous.
Then my Mom came over and told me how jealous she was that it was doing so good. She said that she tried several times to grow sweet pea to no avail. I told her I had no problem getting it to grow. I planted the seeds and it grew, HUGE. I never even maintained it the way I should. It just grew on its own.
Then I read on the Farmer’s Almanac:
Growing sweet peas is akin to making piecrust. Some people have the knack, others don’t
I have a knack.
I have a knack growing sweet pea.
Who would of known?
So my sweet pea plant stays and I will embrace my sweet pea and I will for the first time ever, cut it and enjoy it the way it should be enjoyed.
**Sweet Pea is mildly to moderately toxic to dogs, cats and horses depending on how much is ingested, which is why it is lying in front of Sherman and not Leroy because I knew Sherman would not try to eat it. My sweet pea plant is planted in the front yard where the dogs normally do not have access to it. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, “the sweat pea, or Lathyrus, contains amino acids and a toxin called aminoproprionitrite. When ingested, it can cause neurological and musculoskeletal signs including weakness, lethargy, tremors and seizures. Typically, this is more commonly seen in large animals chronically grazing on sweet pea.”