It's a variety I've grown in the past. I've loved the fact that the pods are stringless, tender and sweet. It also grows only 3 feet high and is semi-leafless, which makes picking so easy. I could hardly wait for my first harvest of lovely Sugar Lace Snap Peas!
It happened yesterday. Just a handful for my dinner salad, but so many more on the vines! The vines, which are 5 1/2 feet high now, not 3. The vines that have a lot of green, and are definitely not semi-leafless.
I brought my handful of precious peas inside, and proceeded to snap off the ends of the pods. TOUGH! NO SNAP! STRINGS! I bit into one and it was tough and bitter, not a bit of sweetness. I don't know what happened. A couple of weeks ago I took one pod off of a vine and ate it right there in the garden, and it was fine. These weren't over mature at all, as the tiny peas were just barely beginning to form in them.
I planted two packets of those seeds this spring. I can see that some of the vines are shorter, the expected 3-3 1/2 foot height, while some reach nearly to the top of the kennel fence. If it ever stops raining today, I'll go out and taste test from a short vine and a tall vine. In the meantime, my dream of sweet, crisp sugar snaps has turned into a nightmare.