The daffodil and tulips in the cut flower bed have all been picked and have filled many vases over the last few months. Now that the bulbs have no more flowers to give they have been dug up and put in storage to dry out. Today they were replaced by a frame for the sweet peas that have been growing in the greenhouse since they were sown back in mid March.
Simon and Ali came up with a new design and , hopefully, improved frame over last year's, see blog entry 12th June 'Sweet Pea 'Albutt Blue', 'Blue Danube' And 'Mars'. Needing more space for other cut flowers, the size of the frame has been reduced.
This year's Sweet Pea varieties are 'Juliet', 'Anniversary' and 'Apple Blossom', all carefully chosen for their links to the college. 'Juliet', for the Provost of the college, and Shakespeare scholar, Jonathan Bate, 'Anniversary', due to 2014 being the college Tercentenary year and 'Apple Blossom' for the college's very productive orchard. For those of you asking 'O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?', this sweet pea will, hopefully, make an appearance next year, maybe even with 'Juliet'! (For the desciption of this year's varieties see blog entry 17th March 'Sweet Peas And A Mouse Or Two!')