This year we've had a magnificent display from our everlasting sweet peas, and they've flowered for the longest I can remember. There's still one flower out now, although it's dying out now and I think it'll be the last.
I wasn't sure if they'd return this year, what with the fence work we had done earlier in the year I thought they might have migrated to the other side of the fence, but luckily they hadn't. They had moved half a metre or so towards the house, but they were still there.
They say you should keep cutting sweet peas to encourage them to keep flowering, and it's true I've cut them more this year than any other year. Perhaps that's it, who knows.
I've been photographing them since June, and as the last flower's almost done it seems right to share the photos now.
After flowering later than usual, when they got going they really got going and shot up over the fence and onto the trellis above.
I couldn't resist poster-ising them either.
They were in the house too, where they did this weird thing of turning white. I think it makes them even more beautiful.
And that brings me to the most recent photos, and what I think will be my last sweet pea of the year.
The leaves though are showing signs of a tough summer
But still there are young, lush green shoots among the older leaves. I can't see them doing anything flower-wise, but I'll be happy to be proved wrong!
So just as these finish my dad tells me I can sow the seeds he gave me which featured as my black and white photo last Sunday.