Not wanting to let accuracy get in the way of a headline with a musical allusion, I’ve asked the wrong question.
This isn’t a case of where have all the flowers gone, but why haven’t they come?
I planted the sweet pea seedlings at the end of November and they’re usually covered in blooms by early January, but here we are half way through February and there’s only a few flowers.
The seedlings did have a bit of a difficult start thanks to the rabbits, but they recovered once I covered them in bird netting. I removed the netting once they were established and the rabbits have left them alone, though it looks like they’re still nibbling the lobelia edging.
We’ve been away often, but I’ve neglected sweet peas in dry years in the past and they haven’t sulked so I don’t think lack of water is to blame.
Normally if I keep picking them they give me blooms well into May, but some of the plants are already beginning to look a wee bit past it before they’ve even started flowering.
So what have I done wrong and what should I do to ensure next year’s sweet peas bloom in profusion as they normally do?