HELEN LANG: No summer complete without sweet peas

Its a bit late to be planting sweet pea seeds, but I’m doing it anyway — I just can’t face a summer without sweet peas!

Just back from another lovely visit with my brother Herb in Cedar. He has dreadful arthritis, but a staff of the most delightful people you can imagine to look after him. They come from the Phillipines and are (in this case) awaiting their landed immigrant status and in the process of becoming Canadian citizens.

We should welcome them with open arms, as I think they would be a credit to Canada. They are cheerful, friendly, hard-working, educated people, looking for a better life than they would get on their beautiful islands, where jobs are hard to find.

One of my brother’s helpers, Anthony, has even planted a garden. I found his potato patch interesting.

He has hilled up the earth in a long line, and planted the spuds underneath. Hilling them up when planting them is different to hilling them up when they are half grown as we tend to do here.

I’ll have to wait to see what happens as the new potatoes form! You don’t want them exposed to light or they turn green and are unpleasantly sweet when cooked, but I imagine he already knows that.

Meanwhile he clipped the hedges, trimmed tree branches, swept the patio and drove my brother to his various appointments. He is one busy fella!

Herb also has 14 fairly large identical pots around the patio which presently are each planted with a single white petunia. When I questioned this, Herb said his daughter was in charge and he had no idea what her plan is.

If I were in charge I’d put a pink petunia, plus a purple one in with the white one but it isn’t my garden so I’m wisely keeping my mouth shut.

Its a bit late to be planting sweet pea seeds, but I’m doing it anyway — I just can’t face a summer without sweet peas!

 

Helen Lang has been the Peninsula News Review’s garden columnist for more than 30 years.

 

 

Just Posted

Bold and brassy quintet touches down at UVic

Internationally recognized Canadian Brass performing with Victoria Symphony on Dec. 21

West Shore Parks and Rec staff member injury raises concerns about cut-through traffic

WSPR says staff member ‘seriously injured’ while monitoring scheduled closure

Victoria resident catches, cleans pigeon feet to help fight stringfoot

Hair, string tangled around birds’ feet can cut off circulation to toes and whole feet

Cyclists rejoice as the Christmas Lights Parade returns

Family-friendly 10km ride visits big Christmas displays, Dec. 21

VIDEO: These are the top toys this Christmas, B.C. toy experts say

Consider the play value of a game, staff at Toy Traders say

Prince George RCMP use bait packages to catch porch pirates over the holidays

First-in-Canada program with Amazon looks to combat parcel theft

Nanaimo mechanical engineer creates thief tracking program

Nanaimo Thief Tracking lets users plot and share information about thefts online

Mayor wants B.C. to institutionalize severely mental ill people who are homeless

Those suffering from mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, need specialized care, mayor says

Five things of note from Trudeau’s mandate letters to his ministers

Some marching orders come from the Liberal Party’s campaign, while others are new additions

Scheer’s resignation tips party into internal war over school tuition payments

The Conservatives have a Toronto convention already scheduled for April

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

POLL: Do you have a real or artificial Christmas tree?

The lights are up, holiday shoppers are bustling through the streets and… Continue reading

Transportation Safety Board finishes work at B.C. plane crash site, investigation continues

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

Most Read