Notes from a Flower Farm: Growing and Arranging Sweet Peas
In our latest column from Marigold and Mint, Katherine Anderson shows how to plant and harvest sweet peas (including how to create a lattice wall) and how to arrange these delicate flowers into sassy summer centerpieces.
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The Monk and the Sweet Peas
The 17th-century Sicilian monk Francis Cupani is credited with being the first to cultivate sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus). I grow this multi-hued purple one named after the monk (‘Cupani’s Original’), and while its stems are shorter than many of the modern hybrids, the intense scent and color make it worthwhile.