Thursday, 14 July 2011

Bountiful Beauty


This little beauty is the Everlasting Pea (Lathyrus grandifloras) which is a contradiction in terms.  It isn't everlasting and it isn't a pea - I suppose what is means is that it is perennial and from the pea family.  I have this growing along the picket fence at the front of the house.  The colour ranges from very pale pink to dark pink - the picture shows the mid-pink colour.  It is a herbaceous tendril climber with unwinged stems and neat racemes of flowers in summer.  It has gradually seeded itself right along the fence and I have to be quite brutal cutting is back as it threatens to attack any passer-by.  Unfortunately it has no scent, but it is so proliferate that you can forgive it for that.

2 comments:

  1. A lovely flower which my plot neighbour George has all along the top edge of his plot, and he kindly lets me help myself. Flighty xx

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  2. I love the perennial Sweet Pea. I did have one, but it mysteriously disappeared, like many plants do! Must look in to acquiring another one. Beautiful photos. x

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