The gardens are full of sweet peas at the moment with their  intense perfume  and coming in almost all  colours . There  are 250 varieties including  stunning bicolour. They grow on vines which can reach 6ft tall.

In the language of flowers they mean

blissful pleasure

delicate pleasure

goodbye -departure

and thank you for a lovely time

The name is believed to have been used by the poet Keats and were very popular in the 1800’s. They became the floral emblem for Edwardian England being an important part of floral arrangements at weddings and dinner parties.