Friday, September 24, 2010

Hey sweet pea? How about a little gardening giveaway?

You know how Autumn is raising it's lovely head for many of you? The gold, amber and red leaves are starting to glow on the trees? The scent of bonfires and pumpkin linger on the air and that faint, almost intangible fragrance of cold weather coming makes you dig out your sweaters and stack up your firewood?

When you live in Arizona...yea...not so much.

This time of year we are planting our second gardens and trying to pretend that at some point before December we may actually get to wear a sweater...once.

But I'm not bitter.

Well, not too much.

And the reason I'm not totally angry and hostile over the continuing 100 degree PLUS weather is this...


...and this...



...and these!


I adore sweet peas! They are just amazing, fragrant, beautiful, perfect little blossoms that make me think of Grandma's and cherry pie and home-made bread.

And I know the best place in the universe to buy sweet peas seeds.

See my garden?





See that spot to the right of the tomatoes and garlic volunteers, to the right of the violette beans, to the right of the what-was-I-thinking 6 cucumber plants?

That bare area of sweet dirt?

That's where my sweet peas go. And they go all around my garden and climb up my little metal fence and cover it in heavenly blooms that smell like...ummm... heaven.

OK. Leave me alone. I can only wax poetic for so long before I run out of steam.

So the amazing place I buy my sweet pea seeds from each year is called The Fragrant Garden up in Oregon.

And I want you to be able to plant your own amazing sweet peas, too.

So I'm having a little giveway for a $25.00 gift certificate. If you live in the desert you can plant your seeds now, if not, just order them and store them until the proper planting time in your area.

FOUR CHANCES TO WIN. DRAWING CONDUCTED ON SUNDAY NIGHT, MST, AFTER 6:00 PM.

Chance one. Be a follower of this blog and tell me you are in a comment.
Chance two. Visit The Fragrant Garden and tell me one of your favorite sweet peas.
Chance three. Ummm... Tell me the next word to the lyrics of this song: 'Oh sweet pea, won't you be my _________"
Chance four. Put up a link to this giveaway on your blog.

I know, I know. All this hoopla for a teensy, weensy gift certificate.

But did I mention, it is for sweet pea seeds?

Prepare to oooh and aaaahhhh...


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28 comments:

J. Kwiatkowski said...

I *should* be getting crisp autumn weather, but it was 88 yesterday! Boo. I'm a follower!

Paula said...

Oh sweet peas! I can type and click for sweet peas!!
Love the Royal Whites:)

Cheryl said...

Yo I follow

Cheryl said...

I used to listen to Tommie Roe and cry all the time. Girl.

Cheryl said...

Ethel Grace

House On Beach Street said...

wow, how gorgeous are these? Glad I found your blog. I am a follower.

House On Beach Street said...

I never knew Sweet Peas came in so many different colors! Amazing. I'd have to choose Ethel Grace at the moment. Simply beautiful.

House On Beach Street said...

Oh Sweat Pea, won't you be my girl..won't'ca won't'ca won't'ca be my girrrrl.

I skated backwards to this song at the roller rink over & over

Theresa said...

Well, they are just beautiful! I AM a follower and would love to win:) Enjoy your day Sweet Pea! HUGS!

Janet Rose said...

I am a follower...and fellow lover of sweet peas, but haven't seen any since moving south.
My favorite is Frolic.

Allie said...

Love those Sweet Peas!!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE .... love you too!!!

mub said...

You can totally come visit me if you want cold sweater weather ;) Funnily enough right now it's not really cold... and it's not really hot. It's just humid. And humid is yuck. So maybe you don't want to come visit me after all *sniff*

Catherine said...

Lovely giveaway, and yes I'm a follower dear lady!

I never knew there were so many varieties of Sweet Peas ... I want them all! :) Especially all the pink and white ones ...

Blessings,
Catherine

NatureGirl said...

Well, I am a follower...duh...who wouldn't wanna be and I looked at all of the lovely sweet peas that I cannot grow until like July, but my favs were Bright Violet Cupid and a little yellow one that I could not remember the name of and couldn't find again. Almost all of the flowers in my garden are yellow and purple...no planning...just happened.

NatureGirl said...

Well, I am a follower...duh...who wouldn't wanna be and I looked at all of the lovely sweet peas that I cannot grow until like July, but my favs were Bright Violet Cupid and a little yellow one that I could not remember the name of and couldn't find again. Almost all of the flowers in my garden are yellow and purple...no planning...just happened.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love your garden Jenny.
I have never grown sweet peas...I wonder if it is TOO sunny here? Well, it can't be sunnier than AZ. Can it??? nahhhhh.
I follow you. everywhere. :)

Sue said...

I'm a follower already. Surprise! And I DO love sweet peas, especially the Blue Velvet Spencer ones, which grow great where I live.

Thanks, Jenny!

=)

Brenda said...

I am a follower and I love sweet peas. I finally got some perennial sweet peas to take off this year in my boarder. I had a spot at my previous home where the sweet peas came back every year for the almost 30 years I lived there and who knows how many years before that they had been growing. We moved in the winter and I always wonder if they are loved as much now as they were over the years we took care of them. My daughters made sweet pea hair wreaths and picked so many for me each summer I always had a little cup or jar with some in it on the counter top. Memories.

Brenda said...

I think the Red Rover mix is very pretty!

Brenda said...

Oh sweet Pea, won't you be my girl.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

great giveaway....I am so ready for fall weather...I look at comments as hugs to....

magsmcc said...

Do not even think of entering me for the sweet pea bonanza. I will be getting up with the Irish dawn tomorrow morning and will then put on every piece of clothing I own. Then, because that's just the way it is in our leafy suburban microscosm of spoilt Western middle-class society, I will have to put on make-up and squeeze myself into my very acceptable Avoca raincoat. Then I will spend one freezing whole morning watching a five and a seven year old playing their first (mini-)rugby match, because Daddy says I can't miss it. What? And you want me to plant sweet pea????

Melinda Cornish said...

Oh to plant a second garden!!!!!! And sweet peas. They are so wonderful. I want the dwarf sweet peas. I follow you and the answer is girl...so now just draw name sweet pea and life will be good....someday

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

follow-check

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Sweet Pea-Oban Bay-check

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Won't you be my girl-check

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Tommy Roe spinning around in my head all night-priceless

Lourie said...

I grew up in So. Cal. Lived in No. Cal for 8 years and then VA for 6. In those six years I truly appreciated the colors. They were amazing. But I like not needing sweaters even though I am inside. I enjoy not having to crunch through snow and scrape it off my car. Nice.
The sweat peas are sooo pretty.