The Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus) are coming and will be included in all our bunches for the next few weeks – they are a gorgeous, scented and long stemmed flower that makes me think of summer. Cutting sweet peas is also such a pleasure as it needs to be done every day so you get an improptu aromatherapy treatment while you are working!
Sweet peas were originally sent around the world in 1699 by the Sicilian monk, Franciscus Cupani, who was writing a Flora of Sicily and sent seed to various institutions and plant collectors….this was the first foray for the sweet pea into the wider world – now Sweet Peas are grown in every country in the world.
One of the early adopters of the sweet pea was Caspar Commelin at the botanic gardens in Amsterdam. His attention grabbed, he included a picture of the flowers in the catalogue of plants he published in 1701. This is the earliest botanical illustration of a sweet pea (bottom left)
Possibly the most significant of Cupani’s gardening friends was English plant collector Dr Robert Uvedale. He shared his seeds with a variety of enthusiasts, who set out to breed and improve the flower, and in 1724, the first sweet peas were released commercially.
If you would like a bunch of flowers which includes some lovely sweet peas then contact me here