Donated by Rural Life Museum, Dereham, Norfolk. They were given the seeds by the late Mr Simpson, who worked on the Petworth Estate, West Sussex, where this variety had been grown since at least the 1940s. A tall (>2m), productive pea with a long season. Produces delicate white flowers followed by a generous yield of large curved pods packed with marrowfat-type peas that remain tasty even when large. Sow to harvest 110 days (approx.)
Developed by the famous plant breeder Thomas Laxton in 1872. Introduced in 1898, it received an Award of Merit from the RHS in 1901. A very early cropping, first early variety producing compact plants (1-1.5m in height) with pods borne in pairs that Sutton & Sons’ 1940 catalogue describes as being “filled with peas of excellent flavour”. Sow to harvest 80 days (approx.)
Probably introduced by Suttons in the 1960s, it is listed in their 1970s catalogue as a 'Continental Variety'. Growing to 1-1.5m in height the strong, sturdy and productive vines have beautiful bicoloured pink and magenta flowers followed by plump purple pods solidly packed with sweet green peas. Seed Guardian Judith Reid comments, “lovely flowers and a full-bodied pea. Well worth growing!” Sow to harvest 110 days (approx.)
Named after our donor, this pea has been grown in Sidmouth, Devon for decades. Reaching more than 2m in height the vigorous vines produce white flowers, pale foliage and long pods (up to 15cm) each containing 9-12 large peas. All the Guardians who have grown this variety comment on the sweetness of the peas. Guardian Eluned Paramor adds, “This is a handsome pea. Tastes delicious raw and not affected by pests (except humans!)”.
This variety was given to our donor by a fellow member of the Northern Ireland Organic Gardening Society. He had personally saved the variety since the 1970s; however, they have been grown for three generations in Ireland. A tall pea (up to 2.5m) with creamish-white flowers and slightly curved green pods packed full of large, sweet peas. Guardian Jackie Newey says, “No stopping these peas, they just kept on growing and flowering!”
Our donor has been enjoying this pea since the 1970s after being given them by her Uncle Fred, who had grown the variety since the 1940s. She said that they have a wonderful sweet flavour for a large pea. Growing to around 2m in height, this variety is prolific and high-yielding so will require sturdy supports. Pick the pods when full; best eaten fresh but excellent for freezing.
Thought to have been developed by Veitch's Nurseries of Exeter and Chelsea, this variety is referred to in Johnson's Gardeners' Dictionary (1842 edition). It is a late variety producing vigorous (1.2-1.8m) plants with very large leaves and white flowers. The large pods contain 9-11 marrowfat-type peas with strong but sweet flavour.
This variety originated around 1862. The DM Ferry catalogue (USA) of 1881 states, “A fine, white, wrinkled pea, very prolific, quite early and of delicious flavour; grows to about 2½ feet high (70cm) and keeps a long time in season. In fact, it never becomes hard. The seed, when ripe, is of a creamy-white colour, much shrivelled and indented, and in its green state is unsurpassed in sweetness and delicate flavour.” Let us know what you think.
This pepper was among a collection of seeds obtained from the parents of our donor's son-in-law who had a smallholding near Gostivar, Macedonia (then part of the former Yugoslavia). Produces green peppers that turn dark red when mature. Found by our Seed Guardians to perform well even in northern England. Guardian Bev Mumford adds, “An excellent variety with sweet, juicy flesh.” Milder than a chilli, but still has bite.