There is an old jug full of greenery on the kitchen table at the moment – there because we had a young couple in for B&B over the New Year and I thought that some greenery would brighten up the kitchen while the days are so dark. I rushed round the garden in the rain and picked a few sprigs of Viburnum tinus, some variegated box and some Vinca major – the white form – in bloom at the end of December. The scent of the viburnum has been intoxicating and it reminded me to at least think about ordering sweet pea seeds for this year.

Surely, the sweet pea, Lathyrus odoratus, must be one of the world’s most famous flowers

Surely, the sweet pea, Lathyrus odoratus, must be one of the world’s most famous flowers

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