This summer has been my first attempt at growing sweet peas. I’ve battled with ‘snail gate’ and spent hours coaxing them up the trellis. And now they’ve arrived, I cherish picking them daily. Knowing their sweet scent is all too fleeting, I move them round the house with me, wherever I am. They are the very essence of an English summer.
I even sat down and drew them the morning of my friend Anna’s wedding as a card. Drawing for pleasure rather than work (handbag design) is something I haven’t done for years. Something I’m planning on doing a lot more of.
Incidentally, Anna’s mother’s sweet peas were the sweetest and leggiest I’ve admired this year - Kings sweet peas from Suffolk are her secret
And I love this terraced “two up two down” in my neighbourhood, covered in wild sweet peas.
I always keep a stash of these gilt edge cards from Bridge & Company, which I fashion into birthday and thank you cards as and when.
Gilt edge cards
One sweet pea card turned into a mini series, my desk covered! I love their fragile lines, gently rippled and on other petals smooth.
I started off colouring in with pencils I haven’t sharpened since St Martins days. The saturation of colour wasn’t quite hitting the spot, so I turned to highlighters. The cheap office supply type I had lying round. Yes, I know sweet peas don’t come in highlighter orange……call it artistic license!