Sweet Pea – This is the first year that I can remember my sweet peas blooming in profusion. I only recall in past years, a few sparse, wimpy-looking pale pink flowers, not these hot pink delicate beauties that are vining up and over and thru my native Goldenrods, Black-eyed Susans and Wooly Apple Mint. They are the only bit of color in this sea of green plants. So why are they blooming this year? Are they getting more sun or less sun then in previous years? Has it been hotter than normal or cooler? Perhaps it was the mild winter. I’ll probably never know for sure. I picked a bunch this morning for the first time ever, and have been enjoying them at work all day.
Flower description: the closed buds of the flower look like little Dutch shoes, stacked up one on top of the other and colored in a creamy, pink with greenish-white edging. The flowers themselves are a hot fuchsia pink with tiny violet veins running down to a darker pink center. There are two large attached petals along the top, forming a fan and two tiny petals below the fan and turned into each other forming a little beak. Hidden inside the beak and out of sight is another tiny white petal forming the bottom of the beak. It looks a little like a fantasy dinosaur. The leaves aren’t much to look at and the plant puts out these little stringy tendrils that grab and wrap around other plants or string or wires. Though it isn’t a real vine, you can train it to grow up a support of some kind.