Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Beautiful Tangle

Finally back from my foray to the Southeast I'm greeted by an exuberant and colorful tangle -- a lanky container collection of fragrant sweet peas I planted back in February looking forward to this day. Modern cultivars of this ruffle leafed climber were all the rage of the late Victorian era enlivening nosegays with creamy pastel shades and sweet, heady fragrance to put any perfume counter to shame. For my first planting, instead of familiar pinks and whites I opted for the rich purple and vibrant bi-color fuchsia flowers in these little known varieties. The color may be unusual but the wafting scent clearly defines these beauties as classic old fashioned sweet peas.

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