Episode 48

Published on:

23rd Jun 2021

Talking Dirty: How to Grow the Best Sweet Peas with Easton Walled Gardens

Some places are synonymous with certain flowers, and at Easton Walled Gardens that flower is the Sweet Pea. For years they've tried different varieties and ways of growing them and shared their discoveries with their garden visitors.

As this year's Sweet Pea Season begins, Lady Ursula Cholmeley joins Alan Gray (East Ruston Old Vicarage) and Thordis to talk through the history of both the gardens and their association with Sweet Peas. Plus plenty of tips and tricks and top varieties.

And, as if all the Sweet Pea Show and Tell wasn't enough, there are also some lime-tolerant lovelies, which Ursula has been trying in their delightfully named 'Pickery' (or cutting garden!).

If you're not already swooning of Sweet Peas, get ready for some serious FLOMO (Floral FOMO) in this episode.


Iris sibirica

Geranium x oxonianum

Campanula medium

Campanula pyramidalis

Lathyrus odoratus 'Henry Eckford'

Lathyrus odoratus 'Painted Lady'

Lathyrus odoratus 'Erewhon'

Lathyrus odoratus 'Almost Black'

Lathyrus odoratus 'Route 66'

Lathyrus odoratus 'Watermelon'

Lathyrus odoratus 'Kingfisher'

Lathyrus odoratus 'America' 

Lathyrus odoratus 'Cathy'

Lathyrus odoratus 'Border Beauty'

Lathyrus odoratus 'Toffee Apple'

Rosa 'Columbia'

Gilia tricolor  

Omphalodes linifolia  

Omphalodes cappadocica 'Cherry Ingram'

Gypsophila elegans 'Covent Garden'

Linaria Rhythm & Blues 

Nectaroscordum siculum

Viburnum opulus 'Roseum'

Kolkwitzia amabilis

Jasminum polyanthum

Diascia personata

Diascia personata 'Coral Spires'

Mathiasella bupleuroides 'Green Dream'  

Buddleja alternifolia

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About the Podcast

Talking Dirty
The Podcast for Plant Lovers
Get Gardening's podcast for plant lovers is jam-packed with choice plants.

Hosts Thordis and Alan Gray (of East Ruston Old Vicarage gardens) catch up with their horticultural (or should that be naughty-cultural!) friends to talk about what they're growing, their latest FLOMO (Floral FOMO) and answer your questions.