Last chance to sow sweet peas if you want to grow a winning bloom!

According to Mr Fothergill’s Pim Dickson, gardeners who wish to enter their sweet pea blooms in the company’s £3500 competition to be held at Capel Manor College, north London, on Saturday 5 July 2014 have until the first week of March to make indoor sowings.

“By my calculations, we should allow at least 18 weeks from sowing to flowering under optimum conditions. The last opportunity to sow indoors in time for our competition will therefore be the first week of March, planting out as soon as soil temperatures rise in early April,” says Pim who is the competition coordinator.


Sweet Peas at the 2013 Competition

The competition is aimed at ‘ordinary’ gardeners rather than those who grow with exhibition in mind, with prizes being awarded to entrants whose displays have the greatest all-round appeal in the opinion of the judges.

“We want the whole process of growing and showing to be as much fun as possible”, adds Pim.

Entrants may either post their blooms in a two-litre soft drinks bottle or turn up at the college on the day of the show to stage their flowers.  The two categories will be judged separately and there are also categories for individual youngsters and for schools.  Three of the four classes will carry a first prize of £500, with a £250 top prize for the best junior individual.

Go to the website to see an extensive range of sweet peas online.

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