Saturday, August 9, 2014


In the garden I have a couple of perennial sweetpea vines growing and although
this variety of sweetpea has no scent, the flower is so pretty.
It can become very invasive, so think twice before adding to your garden.
I've tried to dig out a mature vine in one of the beds twice without any
luck of getting the root. (they are deep,deep,deep) and stubborn))
Look how pretty the flower is as it fades over time. 
It's almost prettier past it's prime than in the peak of it's bloom.
(at least I think so)
((but then, you know how much I love drieds))

When you see these photos it may make you wonder why would I ever want to
eradicate the lovely little bloom? :)
I don't really---I just want it where I want it.

Of course I had to take a few shots of them when they dried.
Isn't it strange that they were so pink, but dried a deep blue?  
It's been so much fun to see how the garden has flourished this year.
Every year I say, "this is the prettiest it's ever been" and then it has to go and show off.

I'm not good at taking wide shots of the beds...the lighting never seems right to capture it well,
and I don't have a good lens for it,
so my favorite thing to do is shoot little vignettes all over and share them.
I have taken a ba-zillion photos this summer,
so I will be back to share a half a ba-zillion with you soon.

I wish you all a wonderful week!


Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Oh June the beauty of your garden and home just fills me with appreciation. I had no idea that sweet peas were so invasion ... Keep posting your Ba-zillion photos for they are divine.

angie said...

danke für die wunderschönen fotos!!! die blume ist eine wicke?
die blumen sehen so zart und süß in der kleinen vase aus!!!
gute nacht-grüße von angie aus deutschland

bobbie said...

I have always loved sweet peas, thinking of them as airy & ethereal... I guess I'd never run into the perennial kind before!
But they are still lovely ~ thanks for sharing.

Julie Marie said...

Hello dear June... love love love your sweet sweetpeas!... and your photos of them are just stunning!... also love those pretty little books by them... where did you find those?... they too look so sweet... I enjoyed your previous post too with all of your glorious roses... Summer is lingering here, but I can already sense the changing of the seasons ever so slightly... I love Autumn, but as you know, not the winter that follows!... so your pretty flowers will also linger in my mind... xoxo Julie Marie

Seawashed said...

Sweet peas are a flower that I cherish for the memories they stir of my late Grandmother. They were her favorite flower and she always grew them up the side of her home. The scent always makes me think of her. I have a hard time growing them in our dry hot climate.

They are so fragile and do not last long after picked but I prefer them dried anyway...yours are so so beautiful in their faded blue.

thank you for sharing. xx

Junkchiccottage said...

So pretty June. Your close up pictures are always gorgeous. Soft and pretty. Have a great week too.

Diane said...

The sweet peas are just lovely. I have only seen them in a magenta color here, but yours seem to have other colors, too. Beautiful photos, June. Diane

La Vie Quotidienne said...

l always look forward to your posts, they never disappoint and always contain such beauty.

I love perennial sweet-peas but never found the place to plant them as I know they can be aggressive...but my, aren't they lovely.

Terra said...

Invasive sweet peas are a new one to me. I do like sweet peas, both their look and their scent. Your bouquet is dainty.

Unknown said...

Just gorgeous. I too love dried flowers.... Lovel how they dried blue. Can't wait it see the bazillion photos! I love your garden!

Kristin_Texas said...

Your photos are always so beautiful. (I can't even get my old camera to focus, and when it does the lens fogs up from the humidity). One of these days I'm going to get a halfway decent camera. Seeing your gorgeous photos on every blog post makes my heart ache a little. They're THAT pretty!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good evening June! I am very late because I've been our soaking up sun, photos, poetry inspiration and artistic projects, all in one day!

The perfection of your sweetpeas is the perfect bedtime elixir for me, as I fade off now to dream. Lovely thoughts, lovely flowers my friend! Anita

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hello dear June, sweetpeas, peonies, lilac ... we both love the same flowers. They all come in the most beautiful colors and you always take the most beautiful pictures of these pretties. Very delightful!
Have a wonderful Sunday :)!
Hugs to you,

Faded Charm said...

Aren't they the sweetest blooms ever?? I love them and have never tried to grow them here, but my Mom gave me some seeds to try from hers that look so lovely sprawled all over her fence. Wish me luck!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend:-)


Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Hi June,
I have the exact same perennial sweet pea in our garden. We did have the white one as well but, it died very quickly !! Ours is restricted in a little bed in a brick wall so has never been a problem. I often take a bunch when I visit friends. I love it as I'm not very good with annual sweet peas ….. they don't seem to like our garden !! The only thing lacking with the perennial one is that it doesn't have the beautiful scent of the annuals….. I certainly wouldn't be without mine. I don't have that many flowers for picking in our garden so, the perennial sweet pea is a favourite.
Have a lovely new week June and bring on the half a zillion photos ….. I'd like the see the zillion !!!!!. XXXX

Betty said...

You have brought back some very good memories. We lived in the city when I was growing up so no place to have a flower garden. We did spend some summers with an aunt. One summer my mother bought some sweet peas seeds and we took them to her farm and planted them. They were so beautiful. Thanks for bringing back those memories.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

I sure wouldn't mind if it invaded Kuwait. :) Though don't think it would like the summer heat. My husband put a tarp up to protect my plants and they are thriving. Yay! Have a super Sunday. Tammy

Victorian1885 said...

Beautiful post on your Sweet peas June. I think I have mentioned we named our beloved dog Sweetpea .... I love the name so much.
Have a wonderful weekend my friend and I can't wait to see more of your beautiful garden.

Hugs from Holland

Unknown said...

The sweetpeas is just so sweer. Remember my grandma jused to have this lovely flowers climbing the walls of her porch. They where so colourful and a real eye catcher.

Janneke said...

So llovely, the sweet peas look so sweet on your bedside table and even the dried ones look amazing. Great post!

flowersandhome said...

Keep sharing June! These are soooo lovely! I wish I had one of these gorgeous blooming stubborn plants in my own garden ;) It's rather the opposite here. So really, really don't mind if you share more of these beauties!
Have a wonderful sunday,

My name is Riet said...

Your photo.s are as ever the most beautiful June and I am looking forward to the rest of the ba zillion. LOL
Have a Nice day my friend.
Hugs fromRiet

Beehive Needleworks said...

Deliciously lovely...and just the tonic needed as we slip softly toward Autumn.

farmhouse-story said...

such a dainty flower, i thought they were annuals. i love vines, i'll have to find some of these to grow. tfs, june, your pictures are lovely, as always:)

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

I love the way they look when dried. To me, even more beautiful!

So many in blogland have said that their gardens have not done as well this year, including me. I am happy to hear that yours has been a great summer, June!


deb said...

I absolutely adore sweet peas and planted seeds (a gift from a friend) with the hopes of lovely little tendrils clinging to the arbour. Sadly, they did not take. love your little vignettes ... I notice a Tasha Tudor book ♥

Deborah said...

Good morning June!
Oh these sweet peas are so lovely, so sweet! :)
I love the shade they turn when they are dried as well. Im a lover of dried flowers too.
Thanks for the tour...your bedroom looks so lovely.
And thank you June for sharing that helpful info on peonies for me. You are such a sweetheart. Sending you warm Sunday hugs xoxo

All my heart,
Deborah xoxoxo

Junebug said...

Oh Sweet June, I know you love all flowers but I think your flower should be Sweat Peas. For they are as sweet and delightful as you! I've never seen an annual sweat pea but boy, oh boy can morning glories be invasive!
I looked at the calendar and can't believe summer is coming to a close. I'm still wanting blooms galore. I'm wanting a flower that bloom prolific mid August to end of Sept., got any ideas? Dahlias and I struggle or should I say my soil doesn't like them.
Keep taking ba zillion picture, I want to see them all! Take care sweet one and yes, it does seem strange typing your name and mine! Love ya, June

Susie said...

June, To me , you are the queen of flower gardening. I love that pretty little sweet pea. Glad you warned us about the invasiveness . Hope you Sunday is calm and peaceful. xoxo,Susie
p.s. Hug our Angel.

Dorthe said...

My dear June , your beautiful photoes of sweetpeas fading to a lovely blue, all shows natures amazing beauty. I don`t have the perenials in my garden, but a friend of mine does, --and yes they are surwivers .
Here summer is also fading a bit, and autumn gets nearer every day, making me miss summer ,and even more knowing my dear mother, will be gone very soon ,too.
Hugs from Dorthe-xx

Custom Comforts said...

June - your sweet peas are as sweet and lovely as you. No wonder they grow so well for you. I've never tried to grow them and now I'm not sure I want another plant that is invasive in my garden as I know how that can be. I will just have to content myself with sharing yours.

Ulla said...

Your home is such a dream!!!
I love it, June!
Soo soo beautiful and full of love!
Many Greetings, Olga.
Have a new wonderfull week!

Katherine said...

And those little beauties are appropriately named. I love little blooms because they look special all alone in a simple vase or cup. Perfect - easy.

Looking forward to the ba-zillion images.


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi June,
Thanks for sharing all the loveliness that surrounds you. Your garden beauties never cease to amaze me. Sweet peas are always so pretty.


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Just so beautiful! We had these on the hot side of the house,mostly neglected, when I was growing up. We had no luck with the ones we sowed early this year. We'll have to try again! Loving your pretty photos!

Home and Lifestyle said...

Your wonderful pictures and words always make me so happy, dear June! Thanks for sharing.

Sending hugs from Madrid (Spain),


Geli said...

So dreamy dear June!
Thanks for the joy to see your beautiful photos!
Happy week!
With love,

awal.ny said...

June your flower pictures are always beautiful. I know what you mean about capturing photos of the gardens as a whole, the flowers never seem to look as good. I have never planted sweet peas but my sister inherited some when she bought her house. Every year she is ripping them out, she can't stand them, everywhere she says. Have a wonderful rest of summer. We only have three weeks left and then the kids go back to school, it goes so fast. Alaina

The Rustic Victorian said...

I am always so happy to visit you June, I do feel refreshed by seeing your wonderful photos of your flowers and garden. Sweet peas are happy little blooms, I have them on my list to plant, and I hope they will do so nicely as yours. They dried so beautifully!

Maison Beldecor said...

lovely, lovely, lovely....
xo, Bine

Hélène Flont , french illustrator said...

The transparency and simplicity of the glass is just beautiful with sweatpeas, Love also the way they faded with elegance.
Magnifiques photos!!!!

Carolyn said...

Simply beautiful!!! I love the bed in the background as well.
Can't believe how fast summer is slipping by.

Val said...

Just lovely, June. 'Not just that you photograph beautiful things but that you recognize things as beautiful in the first place and pass them on to all of us. Your blog is dear and lovely, as always, and a salve for the soul tonight. The news of Robin Williams' death has been so sad this evening.

Shabby soul said...

So beautiful m darling friend!Your photos are always so magic...
I want to hold this summer in my hands!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That is such a sweet little flower and you took such lovely pictures of it. My Mother in law calls me sweet pea-- I need to plant some :) said...

Let's trade houses and gardens for a week . Your gardens should be in all of the garden magazines. I was in mine once this year, caught poison ivy, had to go on meds. and that was that. But I'm not giving up for the fall. You inspire me every time I stop by your blog and I thank you for that:) have a beautiful week:)
-Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Bente said...

Oh my, your roses are fantastic, June. I`ve been looking at the posts I missed too. So much beauty in one time, take my breath away.

Yes, the roses on my table is New Dawn. It`s so strange. They are almost white this year. I have to find out if the rose Colette will live over a Norwegian winter. It`s beautiful.

Hugs from me

Pondside said...

Bring on the Ba-Zillion photos of your flowers - they will all be appreciated!
I hope you get enough water to make a difference down your way. We have had a good soaking, and the promise of more tomorrow evening.
The wild sweet peas are so beautiful. They grow in the ditches and at the edge of the woods here. I have tried to get them to grow where I'd like them - have gathered seed, dug up root - with no luck whatsoever!

HWIT BLOGG said...

My favourite flower...sweet peas!
It´s always such a pleasure to take a look at your blog and your pictures are stunning June...
Have a happy and sunny friday, take care!


Oh I love Sweet peas.... they are so light, airy and fragile... beautiful pictures and atmosphere, Love Mira

Unknown said...

Here I am again, at the bottom of this long list, but I am so glad I came. You are like my little angle, you always have something to smile at me and give me goose bumps.

Hugs cindy@stitches

Rostrose said...

Dearest June,
your "sweet sweetpeas" are really wonderful and very attractive - in the garden and in the vase as well! But I an understand that you want them to grow just in specific places... In our garden there are lots and lots of very invasive plants - and no one warned me before ;o)) - I'm afraid in the next year(s) we'll have to dig out some of them...
I also want to thank you so much for your sweet words on my blog!
I hope that I will see you and your husband dancing one day - that would be a great pleasure for me! Unfortunately, I myself cann't good "couple-dancing". First, my husband is not a good dancer and secondly, I have a very "special" sense of rhythm (which usually is not in harmony with my dance partners ;o)). That's why I prefer solo dance - for example in oriental dance or "freestyle". These dance styles match my emotions most :o))
With regard to the hail: In our neighborhood the fields have survived luckily: The harvest this year could be held so early that everything was already harvested, when the hail came! Well, but your're right: The weather has really been an odd thing this year!
Lots of hugs, my dear!
Have a very happy weekend!
(⁀‵⁀,) ✿

Burlap Luxe said...

Oh June,
I so adore sweet peas, I don't have any planted here in my yard but so would, and so should. I love them in a mix of flower bouquets as a filler of delicate beauty. In fact a mason jar of sweet peas is a favorite look ever since a friend of mine would always fill a jar full and bring them to work placing them on her counter.

Your photos take our breath away, and I love the peak into the bedroom seeing the headboard and sweet peas so romantic.

See you soon my inspiring chic garden friend.


Ps....June, I use to call my daughter sweet pea, and lady bug when she was a little thing :)

Cindy said...

Awww... the sweet peas are sweet. I like them dried too. They look so cute in the little glass sitting there. My garden is insane this summer. insane like there is too much stuff in it and it is messy. I planted tomatoes and they are taking over the world! But i did try dahlias for the first time and i'm learning as i go... but they are kinda cool so far... gotta go catch up on you now!


Susan Shull said...

Your home is beautiful!

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

June, Your sweet peas are to die for. The softness of every color are so beautiful. All of mine lasted until May. I enjoyed them until the very end. Thanks for sharing all your amazing photos. Happy Gardening!!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

I just love seeing your garden vignettes.Garden and home, I love both of yours so much. Isn't it funny how your sweet peas dried a different color? So beautiful.


Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi June, your roses are so pretty, I know you are going to dry them and have those gorgeous blooms all year, lucky you! The sweetpeas are just gorgeous, wish I could grow them.
Big hug,

Anne said...

Yay....keep sharing :-) Love those sweetpeas...looks like you captured a water color!

Our photos said...

You have a beautiful blog!

Merci-Notes said...

hmm :) looking at some dried pink tulips, still in the vase...lovely.

With Kindness,