Sweet Peas and Optimism


Last year’s vibrant sweet peas.

Hello! Yesterday was our first really warm day with the temperature sneaking up close to 20° Celsius. That’s all the encouragement the leaves on the trees needed. They were reluctant in the howling wind and 4° temperatures to pop out, but today in the warm wind, they all decided to take a chance and come on out. When I walked today, the first thing I noticed were those light green leaves, the colour of optimism.

If hope has a feel to it, that feeling was definitely in the air this morning. Last night, I soaked two kinds of sweet pea seeds. One type was what I planted last year and whose seeds I harvested last fall. These will produce very brightly-coloured smaller flowers. The other variety will produce large lightly-coloured blooms in softer pastel shades. These seeds I purchased late in the winter from T&T Seeds. If you’re a gardener and haven’t yet seen their catalogue, it’s fun to explore!


A sweet pea bloom after the rain.

This afternoon, I’ll work up the soil one more time and plant those sweet peas now that the earth is warm. I’m very fortunate to have a gardening companion these days. He was with me last gardening season, too. Dear readers, I’m pleased to introduce George. No, he’s not my cat, but he would happily call our house home. He has nothing against his current owners. Having two homes would mean twice as much attention and twice as much food. George knows this and I can tell this is his plan. It’s not going to happen, George.


I wish you a very happy spring day and some of the optimism that goes along with it. Have a great weekend and a happy Mother’s Day!

~ Lori


8 Comments on “Sweet Peas and Optimism”

  1. Hi Lori,

    I was just using my magnifying glass to read the instructions on a perennial sweet pea package. Didn’t know there was such a thing! So in the next day or so I’ll figure out a plac where cats like George (and Patches and Scaredy Cat) will stay away! Then I’ll do my planting too.

    When we drove to Wainwright yesterday there was very little green showing in the trees. On our return trip, there it was a nice haze of green through the treetops!

    So I’m feeling a bit optimistic as well!

    Thanks for sharing your story.


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  2. Love the pics of George. Our cat Mercutio loves to roll and roll on the pavers in the backyard in sunny weather and then get stoned on the cat mint from the garden. Green is indeed the hue of optimism no matter how you spell color/colour.

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  3. Oh how I love sweet peas! They are my favourite! And don’t beat yourself up too bad about the scam….we all have been taken for a ride at one time or another. 🙂

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    • Thanks for the information and the invitation, Rolf! This spring/summer we’re off to Mexico again. I’ll let you know if Sweden comes into our travel plans. Take care!


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