There’s nothing sweeter than a Sweet Pea. I mean the evidence is in the name … it’s called a Sweet Pea. It’s not called the “Dragon Breath Pea”, or the “Diabolical Pea”, or the “I swear Baby, I must have caught it from a toilet seat Pea”.
It’s a Sweet Pea.
So what’s so sweet about this cute little flower? Well the Sweet Pea, was originally given it’s name because of the ridiculously sweet scent it had. It wasn’t much of a looker but boyyyyy was it delicious smelling. Now this was around the mid 1600’s mind you, so anything that smelled better than body odour and rotting teeth was worth it’s weight in gold.
A bontanist or two got their hands on the Sweet Pea in the early 1900’s and turned the ugly but fragrant Sweet Pea into a pretty, pretty flower. Sadly it was at the expense of the scent and a lot of the Sweet Pea varieties that are around today don’t have that original, beautiful smell.
Luckily, we now have perfume, scented candles, reed diffusers, potpourri and deodorant. This should help ease your anxiety if you are the owner of a scentless Sweet Pea.
I happen to be just such an owner and I couldn’t care less. I mean, it’d be nice if my Sweet Peas filled the air with a heady perfume, harkening back to Edwardian times. But they don’t. What they DO have is staying power.
My Sweet Pea plants came into bloom yesterday and I can count on them blooming prolifically until October. For the next 5 months they’ll be a flowering mess.
I have 3 Sweet Pea plants, 2 of them are purple, and 1 is white. All of them are perennials that get huger and huger every year. If I ever move, I’m renting a backhoe and taking my Sweet Peas with me.
Why? Because as I’ve explained … there’s nothing sweeter than a Sweet Pea.
O.K. Now that you’ve gathered a bunch you need to stick in a receptacle. I used a “sweet” little pitcher from Ikea. Since Sweet Pea stems are quite short, you might have to shove a bunch of rocks or pebbles or gravel or dead bugs or lego pieces into the bottom of your vase.
See? Like that. Then sit back, relax and admire the Sweet Pea. Might I add … because it’s from the garden, it’s the Free Sweet Pea. Yup. It just got sweeter.
I dare you to walk past this pretty posie without grinning like an idiot.