I gave up on my sweet pea seedlings (they're limping along in the kitchen, but I should just compost them because at this point it is ridiculous) and bought three sweet peas from Annie's. They've taken nicely, and the middle one even has blooms on it. But they were running around on the ground and tangling with other plants, so we bought them a trellis to grow up.
When I was tying them to the trellis to train them, I realized they were covered in aphids, so I had a minor squish-fest, but mostly I didn't care that much whether the vines really thrive. I'd like to plant a climbing rose in that location sometime in the future, but until we get the siding replaced, I don't want to make any expensive plantings. Sweet peas are pretty plants, but not something I'm going to work my butt off trying to keep pest-free. Besides, the aphids are going to eat something. I'd rather they ate a few $4 plants than my roses.
posted by ayse on 07/13/06