Sweet peas…. Aren’t they such wonderful flowers? Dainty. Flouncy. Ethereal. Frilly. Delicate. All words I’d use to describe them…and let’s not forget their exquisite scent!
Generally available in the Northern hemisphere from February through to September, you’ll find them in a multitude of gorgeous colours, from white, lilac and purple to cream, apricot, salmon, pink and red. Their botanical name Lathyrus odoratus means ‘fragrant peas’ and according to florist Shane Connolly’s book, ‘Discovering the Meaning of Flowers‘, they symbolise Pure and Delicate Pleasures.
Sweet peas look wonderful in wedding flower designs, including bridal bouquets and tablecentres. Look out for the Misty varieties, such as ‘Misty Pink’, ‘Misty Apricot’ and ‘Misty Lavender’.
If you’d like to learn more about this quintessential summer flower, you may like to read this Sweet Pea Fact File on the New Covent Garden Flower Market website.
Thank you so much to Graeme at Zest Flowers at New Covent Garden Flower Market for these stunning blooms featured in today’s blog post. By the way, he has a wonderful Instagram account, which is great to follow for keeping up-to-date with current flower availability. Plus he also shares details about new varieties.
P.S. If you feature images of sweet peas on Instagram, you may like to include these hashtags -#lathyrusodoratus #sweetpeas #sweetpeaflowers #sweetpeaseason #sweetpeablooms #sweetpealove.
(Images : Rona Wheeldon | Flowerona)