You are in an enclosed garden. A gentle breeze blows, and sweetness fills your senses. It is like honey, roses, romance, gentle and strong at once. As you turn to see what wonders are about, a lanky green vine is before your eyes, covered in round blossoms of many colors, with a decided purple strain. Many wandering tendrils reach out to grasp a new handhold. Vines wrap themselves around a wooden statue of an angel, who’s wings outstretched are a covering over your seat. There is great peace here.

Nature's Birth 11x17Giclee

Can you smell them?

Above is our newest Fine Art Print, made simply of Sweet Peas, entitles “Nature’s Birth”.

Sweet Peas are so delicate, so utterly feminine. The scent of these flowers is heady, heavy, profuse and sweetly strong. when you are around their place you will notice their aroma, you will know you’ve come into their territory; altogether lovely; whimsical and somehow Victorian.

The name Sweet Pea means “delicate pleasures.” They are simple, wispy, delicate climbers. In our garden they bloom profusely all summer – living under our Aspen trees in mostly indirect light, gentle, breezes blowing around them-they love the place.

The Sweet Pea’s binomial name is Lathyrus odoratus, and is a member of the Fabaceae family, or the Legume family.  Also in the Legume family are alfalfa, clover, peas, lentils, beans, lupines (which grow wild here in Idaho), mesquite, carob, soy, and peanuts (Wikipedia). Sweet peas are annuals, or they die every winter, but if their seed is allowed to fall, a rich new crop should appear next spring. Native plants are supposed to originate in the Mediterranean Region with purple flowers, however there are very many colors available from cultivated plants. For more information Click Here .

The characteristics of the Sweet Pea show aspects of God, its creator. It is gentle, lovely, living upward, many faceted in colors and has a fragrance that has never been duplicated or captured in a perfume.