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Fragrant Sweet Peas

The lovely and fragrant Sweet Pea is a flower that is closely associated with April. Sweet Peas have a wide variety of meaning as far as the language of flowers goes, but they are most often used as a flower of thank you or to say farewell or adieu. The sweet pea has been referred to by some as the Queen of the Annuals and is quite the favorite in traditional gardens and arrangements. This popular little flower was cultivated in England starting around the 17th century and some of those first varieties are still in existence today.

Sweet Peas come in over 250 varieties, both as annuals and perennials. Some of the newer varieties have been bred to increase the size of the blooms, but unfortunately that has resulted in gorgeous flowers with very little scent. Sweet peas can up to 6 feet tall although most average 1-5 feet. These climbing plants do well on supporting structures such trellises.

The delicate perfume of sweet peas combined with the variety of colors available made this flower the floral sensation of the Victorian era. Sweet peas are usually found in red, pink, blue, white and lavender.   They are the perfect choice if you are creating a centerpiece, corsage or bouonniere with an old fashioned flavor.

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