Sweet peas are a subtly fragrant climbing flower which produce (inedible) pea pods if left to fully mature. Greenaway writes that they symbolize “delicate pleasure.” Their soft hooded blossoms and curling tendrils affirms this characterization.
Native to Sicily and Southern Italy, the sweet pea began to be cultivated in the 17th century by a Sicilian monk and botanist named Francisco Cupani. The seeds were sent to England for study, and where a few more varieties of sweet pea appeared before Harry Eckford, a Scottish gardener and nursery-owner, took the flower into his capable hands. He expanded the small group of sweet peas, and increased the size and color of the blossoms. Eckford’s sweet peas are the sweet peas we know today.
Sweet peas come in a variety of colors including white, pink, and purple. Depending on the variety the vine can grow between 3 and 6 feet tall. They bloom in early summer and can be available as early as April and as late as August. They are a popular choice for wedding bouquets and we put one in our logo because we want all our creations to inspire feelings of sweet delight.