The Salmon-Flowered Pea
Isn't she pretty! Like a Thomas Hardy heroine in a cotton sun bonnet.
It's not a purple-podded pea, but it's a must-have decorative vegetable. If it wasn't for the pigeons, I'd grow this in the flower borders.
It grows to about 1.5 metres and as it gets taller the main stems thicken and the top gets bushy.
Clusters of buds appear at the top of the plant.
The flowers are smaller than the other pea flowers but because they are in clusters they make quite an impact; posies of white and salmon pink.
These will be followed by clusters of small pods containing tiny sweet-flavoured peas.
I'll compare the pods from all five pea varieties next month.