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sweet pea

n.
Any of several climbing plants of the genus Lathyrus of the pea family, especially the annual vine L. odoratus, native to Sicily and widely cultivated for its variously colored, fragrant flowers.
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sweet pea

n
(Plants) a climbing leguminous plant, Lathyrus odoratus, of S Europe, widely cultivated for its butterfly-shaped fragrant flowers of delicate pastel colours
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sweet′ pea`


n.
a climbing plant, Lathyrus odoratus, of the legume family, having sweet-scented flowers.
[1725–35]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sweet pea - climbing garden plant having fragrant pastel-colored flowerssweet pea - climbing garden plant having fragrant pastel-colored flowers
genus Lathyrus, Lathyrus - genus of climbing herbs of Old World and temperate North and South America: vetchling; wild pea
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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Translations

sweet pea

npisello odoroso
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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She looked dismally about her narrow little room, with its dull-papered, pictureless walls, its small iron bedstead and empty book- case; and a horrible choke came into her throat as she thought of her own white room at Green Gables, where she would have the pleasant consciousness of a great green still outdoors, of sweet peas growing in the garden, and moonlight falling on the orchard, of the brook below the slope and the spruce boughs tossing in the night wind beyond it, of a vast starry sky, and the light from Diana's window shining out through the gap in the trees.
Beth had old-fashioned fragrant flowers in her garden, sweet peas and mignonette, larkspur, pinks, pansies, and southernwood, with chickweed for the birds and catnip for the pussies.
The door was opened into the dim sick- room, and Rebecca stood there with the sunlight behind her, her hands full of sweet peas. Miranda's pale, sharp face, framed in its nightcap, looked haggard on the pillow, and her body was pitifully still under the counterpane.
The one I shall be trying this year is called Gwendoline, named after the wife of the new President of the National Sweet Pea Society, John Bishop.
QI PLANTED sweet pea seeds indoors at the end of October and now they are about eight inches high.
Flower borders SWEET pea lovers will be fascinated by Blue Shift, a new variety from T&M that has astonishing colourchanging blooms.
At Easton Walled Gardens, more than 50 types of sweet pea - heritage, modern, scented, striped, edged and bi-colour sweet peas - are displayed on canes, drums and wigwams throughout the pickery (cut flower garden), vegetable and cottage gardens.
HOME Springfield, Cromwell and Clough, and the many others who have featured on life's A-List, have at some time given their names to the christening of a new sweet pea variety.
If I had to name just one favourite flower it would have to be the sweet pea. Nothing matches it for colour, elegance and scent.
THE first flowers are opening on the wigwams of white sweet peas we built in the clock beds on the parterre - which reminds me that the Eckford Sweet Pea Society holds its festival in Wem this weekend.
The show, which lapsed for four years, was revived thanks to the enthusiasm of late Coventry gardener Frank Petti-pher, whose new variety of sweet pea went on sale at the Chelsea Flower Show last week.
Visitors can take a self-guided tour through the garden, learn growing tips from Johnson, buy cut flowers, and purchase sweet pea seeds (at a 20 percent discount) from the 18 types listed in her catalog, as well as other varieties she's experimenting with.