The joy of picking a posy of highly scented sweet peas is one of the highlights of summer for some. To get them growing as soon as possible, you can start sowing now on a warm windowsill or a heated propagator.
'Light footed lads and rose lipped girls of the Victorian era could be found consulting pretty little dictionaries as they examined posies of flowers or floral gifts to decipher their hidden meaning.' Out of Africa, 1986.
Alys Fowler is a gardener, published author and a self confessed foodie. Alys has appeared as a regular presenter on BBC Gardeners' World and also hosted her own BBC2 series; The Edible Garden, where she explored sustainability in the urban environment of South Birmingham.