SWEET PEA ‘MATUCANA’ - Blissful pleasure, Goodbye, Departure
This variety dates from about the 1930s, it is sometimes confused with Cupani which is of much earlier origin.
Everyone should grow these, they are wonderful. Each stem has four lovely flowers, each with a heady intoxicating scent. Once they start to flower they can be picked up until October, just as long as you don’t allow them to go to seed.
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SWEET PEA 'SPENCER WHITE SWAN'
This variety has produced masses of white flowers on lovely long straight stems, so ideal for cutting to bring indoors, unfortunately once picked they only stay fresh for a day or two, but who cares as you can just go outside and cut some more.
I have a lovely hazel tree in my garden so I use the twiggy branches as a support.