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Hudson Valley Seed Company

Organic Finnriver Scented Sweet Pea Mix Seeds

Regular price $ 3.95 USD
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Art Pack. 50 seeds. Lathyrus odoratus

Leggy vines give way to long stemmed, multicolored fragrant blooms.
Plants, books, and art commingle throughout human history like the perfume of the sweet pea hanging in the summer air. To follow the scent of the flowers is like sniffing out a trail that travels back in time. The first appearance of sweet peas in writing and in art was in the late 1600s. Their first penned name was "Lathyrus distoplatyphylos, hirsutus, mollis, magno et peramoeno, flare odoro" or "a type of pea with different broad leaves; hairy, soft, large and delightful, with a blown up scent."  Dr. Casper Commelin published an article along with the first botanical illustration of the pea in his Hort-Medici Amstelodamensis (1697-1701). We've continued this long tradition of capturing this flower in art with this Raku glazed tile. Sweet peas are not the same as edible garden peas, in fact, they are toxic. Do not consume.
Days to Germination 7-10 days
Days to Maturity 85 days
Planting Depth 1 inch
Spacing in Row 6 inches
Spacing Between Rows 36 inches
Height at Maturity 60 inches
Width at Maturity 1 inch

Sow seeds outdoors early, as soon as the soil can be worked. Sweet peas only thrive in cool months, don't delay when planting them. Prepare garden bed with plenty of compost or manure. Provide sweet peas with good support, they will grow as high as 6' if given proper support, water and fetility. Harvest flowers often to enccourage more blooms. If given a good start, sweet peas will keep blooming into the summer months.

Art by JoAnn Axford. As a ceramic artist, JoAnn's pots are about containment and safekeeping. They contain her response to the natural world and her wish for its preservation. It is the beauty of the forms, structures and colors in nature that inspire her. As objects of contemplation, she hopes that her pots will celebrate the beauty and strength of nature and encourage its preservation.