I planted my sweetpeas on the shortest day and now they are already as tall as I am and showing buds. My other legumes include sugar snap peas and two types of beans (butter beans and climbers (Mangere pole) which are racing away.

Now January and after a fierce storm, but less than a hurricane the sweet peas and their trellis have been so knocked about I've cut them down and prepared the area for the next crop of climbing green beans. Sweet peas are worth any effort; they give so much in color and fragrance I will continue to grow as many as I have space for each year. 


What an amazing spring. I have had two hundred gorgeous clivia blooms in a range of colors from near creamy white to almost red. This extensive planting was established in 2005 with seed from Margot McNeil in South Africa. Now the garden is established it almost takes care of itself with a little help from snail bait. The blooms below showed up in the collection, this unusual orange one is an unnamed C. minata cross and the yellow form is a seedling of Sir John Thuron described in my book.