The sweet pea flower is one of my favorite flowers, and today I will share with you a few easy ways to create sweet pea floral arrangements.
Today is the Handcrafted Society Monthly post. Michelle @thistlekeylane took the lead this month and she chose flowers for our medium to create with, the perfect choice for May. Our flowers could be faux, fresh, dried or living plants.
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What is a sweet pea?
The sweet pea, scientifically known as Lathyrus odoratus, is a delightful annual flower that can thrive in various locations such as cutting gardens, border gardens, and woodlands or is trained to climb on trellises and arches.
With an extensive assortment of colors ranging from pearly whites, and pastel shades reminiscent of ice cream to more elaborate hues like vivid magentas and deep purples, this flower is guaranteed to add a pop of color to any garden.
Party planning with sweet peas
In my book, fresh flowers are a must for any special occasion, big or small. I love planning parties and designing birthday flowers, Mother’s Day flowers, and wedding flowers.
Flowers for all events. My husband would say that I live for the next occasion.
My mother was a floral designer who taught me much about floral design. We could have used a local florist, but that was not how it worked in our household.
We were hands-on and would create a wide selection of flower arrangements together.
My mom taught me about seasonal flowers and how to choose the freshest flowers.
We chatted about composition, color, and space regarding floral design and what vase life meant.
I often wonder why we never opened a floral shop. That would have been so much fun.
Come springtime, we not only loved to grow sweet peas but would purchase them at the local flower market to make sweet pea bouquets and arrangements.
Not only are these delicate flowers beautiful, but they smell heavenly too.
Types of sweet pea flowers for floral arranging
If you’re wondering which sweet pea to buy for arrangements, the good news is that the decision is easier than you might think! To get started, decide on the sweet pea that suits your needs.
- Spencers: Beloved by florists, these sweet peas offer magnificent blossoms and long stems.
Old-fashioned forms: These sweet peas burst with charm, flower power, and an incredible fragrance – although their stems are shorter.
Grandifloras: The perfect combination of Spencer and old-fashioned types, Grandifloras offer a little bit of everything for sweet pea enthusiasts.
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How to make simple sweet pea flower arrangements
The quickest and easy way to make a sweet pea arrangement is to create a floral bouquet in your hands and place it in a glass vase.
- Choose the colors of sweet peas you want to use.
- Cut the stems at different lengths to create dimension in your arrangement.
- Put them together in your hand.
- Place them into a vase.
- You want to fill the vase so it is full.
Or you can create something a little more spectacular for a special occasion.
Supplies need to make the MOM Sweet Pea arrangement
- Purchase the letters to spell out MOM. I used three wooden letters, which you can find here.
- Purchase test tubes, I used approx—fifty-six tubes for the three letters. You can find them here. I used two different heights of test tubes, but this is not necessary.
- Pick your flowers out of the garden or purchase your flowers at a local market or florist.
- 14- 1″ wood blocks to use for feet on the letters.
- White spray paint.
Directions to make the sweetest Mother’s Day centerpiece
- Choose your flowers. (I wanted to create an ombre look with my sweet peas, so I used the White Supreme and the Mollie Rilstone flowers.) You can use one color or a variety of colors.
- You want to drill holes in the letters to put the test tubes all the way through, so plan how to lay out your test tubes. For example, I drilled eight holes in the “O” and 23 holes in each “M”‘.
- Ensure you have the correct drill bit to drill the appropriate size hole for your test tubes.
- Once everything is laid out, drill the holes in all three letters.
- Spray paint the three letters and the 14 blocks for the feet.
- Hot glue the feet onto the back of the letters
- 4 per M, one on each corner
- For the O, I glued two blocks together (make three sets) to create three feet which I hot glued to the back of the O in between the holes drilled for the test tubes.
- Fill your test tubes three-quarters full of water and place them in the holes. ( I used a runner under my letters to help keep the glass test tubes straight).
- Cut your flowers to various lengths to place them in the test tubes.
- I started with the white sweet peas for the first “M”, using the light pink for the “O” and finally the darker pink for the second “M”.
I paired my sweet pea flower arrangement with soft pink and white dishes, floral placemats and cranberry vintage glasses for our Mother’s Day celebration.
Looking to grow some sweet peas on your own? Here are some essential tips and tricks you need to know:
Tips and tricks to grow sweet peas
- Start with the right soil – Sweet peas prefer soil that is rich in nutrients and well-drained. A soil pH of between 6.0 and 7.5 is ideal.
- Choose the right location – Sweet peas thrive in a sunny, but cool spot. Make sure they get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, but avoid planting them in direct sunlight during the hottest parts of the day.
- Plant properly – Plant sweet pea seeds about 1 inch deep and 2-3 inches apart. Water well after planting.
- Feed regularly – Sweet peas are heavy feeders and require regular fertilization to thrive. Use a balanced fertilizer every two weeks.
- Provide support – Sweet peas are climbers, so they will need some type of support. Trellises or stakes work well.
- By following these simple tips, you can grow beautiful, fragrant sweet peas right in your own backyard. Happy gardening!
For some more great tips, you can visit Martha Stewart.
Types of sweet pea flowers to grow in your garden
There are many to choose from, but here are a few of my favorites for cut flowers.
- Matucana- is an old-fashioned flower bearing strongly scented maroon and purple flowers.
- Dynasty- Pink sweet peas that are a relative of the Matucana sweet pea family.
- White Supreme- White sweet peas that are intensely perfumed and feature large clear-white flowers on long, sturdy stems.
- Mollie Rilstone-Very fragrant cream-colored blooms are edged with the softest apricot-pink.
- Just Julia- This is an excellent mid-blue/purple sweet pea bred by Roger Parsons, National Collection holder of sweet peas. It has a strong scent and growing habit.
Facts and questions about sweet peas
How do you use sweet peas as a centerpiece?
Are you planning a wedding or party?
Enhance your elegant reception table by combining fresh greenery with sweet peas in various colors. For a pop of color, use mason jars or simple vases.
Adding sweet peas to a floral arrangement creates a soft and supple aesthetic that will leave your guests in awe.
Try this stunning centerpiece idea for an easy and sophisticated touch to your wedding decor. ( you could use the initials of the bride and groom instead of the word MOM)
Do sweet peas make good annual flowers?
Few flowers can rival the timeless charm and countryside elegance of sweet peas. These delicate blossoms gracefully climb rustic trellises with ease.
The irresistible fragrance of sweet peas makes them an excellent choice for both garden beds and bouquets.
Cut a few stems, bring them in the house and enjoy the lovely and fragrant sweet pea bouquets. These arrangements make the perfect addition to any home or party with their beautiful appearance and pleasant fragrance.
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Until next time,