Sunday, November 08, 2009

a giveaway of the utmost frugal kind!

old-fashioned perennial sweet peas in my garden

I have not done a giveaway in such a long time, and tho finances here have never been tighter, I wanted to do something special for my friends!

autumn sweet pea pods

So...yesterday I went out to the gardens and clipped pods from my sweet peas to send to 3 blessed winners!

Here in Michigan these sweet peas are perennials. I am not so sure how they would do in a perpetually warm climate, so one would take a chance on that.

They do need a place to climb, tho it does not have to be very tall. Mine are growing up along my courtyard picket fence, and also on one of those tall obelisk thingies I have in a corner of the courtyard.
They will bloom most all summer long with dark pink, light pink, and nearly white flowers, and are lightly fragrant.
Mostly, they are wonderful filler for when I have no extra cash for annuals!
And, if they overtake your garden spot, just hoik them out and start over!

sweet pea seeds

I am having this giveaway now, as this is when you need to sow these seeds.
At least, I THINK this is when you sow them!

All I know is the pods are drying, popping, and throwing the seeds willy nilly on the ground surrounding them, and that in the spring I will have more beautiful sweet peas!

My seeds just fall to the ground below, but if I were sowing these by hand, I would lightly rake them in, just ever so slightly burying them.

To win one of these packets, just leave a comment.
I will draw 3 names on Tuesday, and the winners should have their seeds by next weekend!
And perhaps next year, the winners will have enough seeds to host their own giveaway!

I wish "I" was one of the winners!
Oh, wait! I already own these seeds!


ps....due to the "nature" of this giveaway, I must limit the participants to the United States. I am thinking other countries might not take too kindly to the shipping of "seeds" into their lands!
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goatmilker said...

These are beautiful flowers and they do smell good. My Grandmother used to have them. They are easy to grow and take care of. Have a great day Rebekah.

Anonymous said...

I would love to have some of your beautiful sweet pea seeds- it's so nice of you to have a giveaway. Isn't a beautiful Michigan day today -it makes you think of spring flowers for sure.

Dawn said...

oooo....pick me! pick me!
What a "sweet" idea for a giveaway...

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

I have always wanted to try to grow sweetpeas. I'm sure here in Florida that the time to sow would be now, for a early crop. I'm sure once the heat sets in here they will wither away! Would love to try...

~Missy~ said...

Oh, I'd love to win some! I've got a boring front fence I've been thinking would look so much better covered with some flowers and here in the South, I bet they would take off well.

cityfarmer said...
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cityfarmer said...

I say "use what you have' .... and you do it so well ...

loved our chat to-night

The imPerfect Housewife said...

Have I not been to your blog before?? It's too cute and I notice that we both comment on a lot of the same blogs so I thought I'd pop on over. I think I better not enter the giveaway though because I don't think I'd do those beautiful seeds/flowers justice! Have a great week ~ ♥

Angelena said...

Please count me in. I love flowers!!

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

As a Michigan resident I think these would look lovely in my yard! LOL

Hey, did you make applesauce?

Love ya

Rachel said...

Sounds great!! I have never tried sweetpeas before! Count me in please!

Vickie said...

Count me in please! I wonder how those sweetpeas would do in Texas? I'd love to give them a try. That's such a different and novel giveaway!

Camille said...

I love sweet peas...please add me to your drawing...i have an American address for you to mail case it's necessary! :)


Kay-The Rustic Cottage said...

I love sweet peas! And I'd love to have some from such a sweet gal!


A Joyful Chaos said...

I would love to win some of those seeds!

cmarie said...

I was raking the yard just yesterday and think I have a great spot for these! Thanks for such a fun giveaway idea.

Anonymous said...

I would love to have some of your sweet peas! I have just started growing flowers the last 2 yrs. It is so enjoyable to see them actually grow! lol
I enjoy your blog alot.

Beautiful pear tree lane said...

Hi Cyn, What a wonderful idea for a giveaway, I love sweet peas and would love to grow them, so please enter me in your drawing. Thank you for sharing.

Molly said...

Please count me in on your seed give away. Such a great idea! Have been enjoying your blog for a while now.

melissadc76 said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and here's the link you wanted:

I love your blog and how you added extra garlic in your beans because you're "just that kinda girl". I'm that kinda girl too!

Your sweetpeas are wonderful, please enter me in.

Mary said...

Oh, sweet pea, won't you dance with me? Count me in please.

Donna said...

What an ingenious giveaway! I won't be needing them since we are selling our cottage. So please don't include my name in the hat! Thanks!

Maggie said...

Just found your lovely site and what a neat giveaway. I would love to win.
I too am having my very first giveaway for Thanksgiving.
Stop by and enter.

Maria said...

Hi Cyn!
Oh how fun it would be to say, "And THESE beautiful sweet peas came from FarmGirlCyn!"
What a perfect giveaway!

Suzanne Marie said...

I can so remember those in my Grandmother's garden in Michigan City,Indiana! Would love to win your giveaway so I could smell them here in my Chicago garden and maybe my summer cottage garden in Paw Paw, Michigan too!!!

Even if I don't win it is soooooo nice of you to do this!

Jayme aka The Coop Keeper said...

Would LOVE those seeds....

What a lovely giveaway.

Sandra said...

Well, since we live in the south and I kill just about anything I plant, I'm not entering the giveaway, but they are beautiful flowers!