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.