Beginning again

Lately I've been dreaming of sweet peas.  Sweetpink1Perhaps it is simply a longing for warmer weather or a need to breathe in the wonderful scents of spring and summer. Then again, maybe it is a result of many evenings spent paging through seed catalogues and vividly imagining my back fence covered in delicate sweet pea blooms.

Sweetpred1For many years, I have tried growing sweet peas and have not met with much success. Last year, even though I didn't do anything differently, several sweet pea vines appeared laden with blooms. It was great fun taking photographs of

them.

As the days grow longer, I am itching to get out in the garden. It won't be much longer. I'll be planting many more sweet peas this coming spring with the hope of having a fence covered with them just like in my dreams. Sweetpfaded`1

I have been away from blogging for almost

one year now. Time passes by quickly. I've missed my blogging friends and hope to post more often. Reading Anna Maria's post here gave me the impetus to step right back into blogging. So here I am again. 

50 thoughts on “Beginning again

  1. Rothschild Orchid says:

    Hi Kate,
    I’m relatively new to blogging so I’ll be following you for the first time. I love your header photo, absolutely gorgeous. Very much looking forward to reading your new posts.
    RO πŸ™‚

  2. Magic Cochin says:

    Welcome back Kate, I remember your’s was one of the first blogs I found.
    The first little Sweet Peas shoot is through the soil in my greenhouse πŸ™‚
    Celia

  3. Miranda Bell says:

    Dear Kate – so glad you’ve started up your blog again – I must admit I love sweet peas – you might enjoy my recent posting – re using toilet roll cardboard tubes to plant the seeds in… that way you can just plant them straight out without disturbing the roots!
    Do hope you’re having a good week – keep dreaming of sweet peas – summer sun will be here soon Miranda x

  4. Shady Gardener says:

    Look at your fans, Kate! (me, incl.) All you did was create a post! It’s a Sweet post of sweet peas, and I hope they grow even more beautifully than those in your dreams. Have a great day! πŸ™‚

  5. Helen at Toronto Gardens says:

    Beautiful photographs. Adore sweet peas — the scent is like a primal memory to me. And they’re pretty besides. Welcome back. Just think of your time away as a fallow period. I’m sure you’ve returned with new flowers in the mind’s garden.

  6. Suzi Q says:

    Good to have you back! I can just smell those sweet peas now – they’re one of my favourites! I think I too may have to grow a few more this year.

  7. gail says:

    Kate, I love sweet peas and have wanted them in my garden for a long time~I ordered seeds and have hope they like C&L! Just wanted to say how delighted I’ve been to read your twitters and comments~gail

  8. The Garden Ms. S says:

    Kate, Yay! I am so pleased to see you blogging!
    I have never grown sweet peas but the blossoms are one of my favourite little bouquets in the world. I will try growing them at some point (now that I know a lack of trying is the route to success :))
    Your photograghs do these sweet little blooms justice. Lovely πŸ™‚

  9. Greenthumb says:

    Welcome back dear Kate! You have been missed sorely. I had been checking the link to your blog constantly for any sign of you and when finally I saw your comment on my previous post, I was thrilled.
    Lovely sweet peas of a very sweet you.

  10. Selma says:

    It is such a treat to have you back. I have missed your beautiful observations of life and your wonderful images. The colours you capture brighten my life!

  11. Annie in Austin says:

    Good morning, Kate – what a lovely way to restart in spring, with photos of sweet peas, especially the violet colored blossom.
    I also keep planting them with slight success. In 2008 Cupani made flowers, but the vines frizzled in last year’s heat & drought. I tried again and now have just a few small plants that survived our unusually cold winter. If this is a lucky year and they bloom, I’ll think of you!
    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  12. our friend Ben says:

    Hooray! As you can see from the outpourings of relief at your return, nobody writes posts like yours. Keeeping up with it is rather in the mode of the old monk’s comment on enlightenment: “Achieving enlightenment is not hard. One has only to begin, and then continue.” Have you checked out Renee Shepherd’s sweet peas (online at Renee’s Garden)? She’s specialized in them for years. Yours are already beautiful; now let’s hope this year for abundance! Welcome, welcome back.

  13. Liisa says:

    Kate,
    Welcome back! Your sweet pea portraits are beautiful, and I look forward to seeing more as they grace your garden with their vivid, scented blooms. Your blog is lovely, and such a treat to visit. πŸ™‚

  14. entangled says:

    Hmm, tried to leave a comment yesterday, but it seems to have evaporated…
    Anyhow, Anna Maria’s post really struck a chord with me; I feel just the same about my accumulation of stuff.
    But back to sweet peas, I have no luck with them either. One year – the first year I tried to grow them – I had a few flowers and then never again. I wish I knew what I did differently that first year.

  15. Janet Metzger says:

    Good Morning Kate,
    Thanks so much for stopping by my little blog. I really enjoyed this post. I have a beautiful sweet pea plant that pops up all on it’s own every year. It is not in the best location to enjoy and I have tried to move it with no luck. Any ideas about propagating? My seeds never seem to sprout either ;-( Your flower photos are lovely.
    your friend,
    Janet

  16. Andrea says:

    Welcome back, Kate. You’ve been missed a lot!
    I love sweet peas myself! I already have my seeds ready and waiting to be planted.
    I haven’t blogged much this year either and I have decided that I will do it, when the spirit hits me and I have something to share with my blog friends. Take care! Andrea

  17. anna maria says:

    Oh my goodness! I just returned from An Artful Journey retreat and discovered that you have come back to blogging. This is great, and I am so happy that had a little something to do with it!
    I can’t wait to hear about to hear about your garden adventures.

  18. Barbara says:

    So good you are bloggging again! Looking forward to see your sweet peas blooming in summer. I love this wonderful and fragrant flower too and I am trying to grow them every year. But often I fail as the tiny seedlings are also loved by snails. This year I want to have a new go !
    Have a great Spring start in your garden!
    Barbara

  19. Sandy says:

    Good to see you posting, Friend! I didn’t know peas had to be in early. Saw it yesterday on Layanee’s site, too.
    Lovely photos!

  20. kerri says:

    So lovely to hear from you, Kate, and see you back to posting.
    Sweetpeas were the first flower I ever grew..in my mother’s garden and I’ve loved them ever since. I can’t wait to plant more in the spring.
    Your photos are so soft and beautiful!
    The lovely shades of blue in the Bluejay do make them look rather exotic. Their cheeky personalities make them great fun to watch.

  21. Lynn says:

    Kate, it’s wonderful to see you and know we’ll have your images and voice in the blog world again. Last year was my first Sweet Pea success, too, and I so look forward to that cool wet March day that is coming when their seeds can go into the ground. Thanks for you sweet comment on my doggie post πŸ™‚

  22. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Good to see you back in the fray. I too love sweet peas. I don’t have very good luck with them either. This year I am trying a new way to start them. I am saving toilet paper rolls to start the seeds in. Here’s to Sweet Peas.

  23. kate/high altitude gardening says:

    Hi, Kate;
    I stopped over about a week ago but couldn’t leave a comment. Some weird computer glitch, I guess.
    Anyhoo… I was inspired by your post and planted some sweet peas by seed. They are percolating in my sunny window. I’m looking forward to pretty flowers draping over the old fence. Good to see you back in the blogosphere. Thanks for visiting mine this morning.

  24. Kristi says:

    These shots are gorgeous, you must have the magic touch because I find sweet peas to be temperamental. Love all of the shades or red and pink.

  25. naturegirl says:

    Kate it is wonderful to see you blogging once again! It has been a difficult year here with me but all things pass and now we all look forward to the promise of Spring and YES I too love sweetpeas! I have not planted them in my garden but this is the year of NEW beginnings for me so I have pink sweetpeas in my dreams.I can’t wait to plant the seeds..a gift from a blogger friend in Germany!love and light ..welcome back. aNNa xo

  26. Pam says:

    It’s nice to hear from you again – and to come here and visit and see that you have joined us once again.

  27. Deborah at Kilbourne Grove says:

    Kate, thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. It is truly appreciated.
    It is wonderful that you have returned to blogging and were so warmly welcomed back. I am a fairly new blogger, so have not read your blog before, but what glowing reviews all your comments have been. It is great to know that you can “take a break” from blogging, and come back, wheter it is for winter, or just to recharge the batteries.

  28. Gotta Garden says:

    Kate, I’m glad you’re back in! Love the sweet peas…actually I planted sweet peas (the eatin’ kind!) just today. We will see how they do. Last year I got just enough to make me want more…
    Now that you’ve dipped your toe back in, don’t stop! Come on in…the water’s warm and all your friends are waiting for you!

  29. tina says:

    I wanted to say when I began blogging 2.5 years I remember seeing your name and thought wow, what an awesome blog and blogger. Then you dropped out of sight and now I know why, you took a break. Everyone needs a break every now and then. Welcome back and take care.

  30. seedparade says:

    Hi!
    Yes, your blog is inspiration for all of us.
    And yes the sweet peas are amazing, we grow at least 10 different varieties each year, the big cut types and the really scented ones too. Let us know what varieties you have πŸ™‚

  31. orchid lights says:

    Hello Kate,
    I enjoyed reading your blog and your pictures of your sweet peas flowers are so lovely. They look so beautiful and how I wish I got one like that too in my garden. Next time going to plant sweet peas flower and hopefully it will look the same as yours. πŸ™‚

  32. mm says:

    Your pictures are romantically lovely. I keep hoping you will have added more to your blog when ever I return your visits to mine. But at least I can leave a note.

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