Sweet Peas On The Holy Island

Bright orange pink flowers on a string frame in a flower garden

Gertude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens created a kitchen garden with herbs, vegetables and flowers for cutting on The Holy Island of  Lindisfarne. We found these sweet peas overlooking the garden from a string trellis, one summer evening.

For more about Lindisfarne’s garden, visit the National Trust website.

13 Replies to “Sweet Peas On The Holy Island”

  1. Beautiful colour – and I can almost smell the scent! Sweet peas are among my favourite flowers, but I have had very limited success growing them in Egypt. That said, I have come across two nursery gardens in and around Cairo where they flourish. I don’t know what the secret is!

    1. Monet would have liked the chance to spend a few mornings or evenings in this garden. I’m glad you liked the echoes of pink – I liked that bit too.

    1. Thanks! My battery gave up a minute or so later, which was tantalising, to put it mildly. The Gertrude Jekyll garden was looking as good as I’ve seen it.

  2. I did not know what Holy Island was, so of course I had to look it up. I am in awe. I cannot imagine the wonder of seeing these sweet peas in such a place. Thank you for ever more education!

    1. It is a remarkable place and the long sandy drive to get there makes it appear more so. In context, it is tempting to make some kind of connection between a cloistered life (of the sweet peas, growing gloriously towards the heavens on a frame of string) and the freedom of the other flowers clustered together in the garden below, were it not for the fact that the sweet peas look so wistful.

      1. Not just tempting, but mandated. You’d HAVE to make that connection in that context! All the more beautiful. I’m imagining that long sandy drive and it’s wonderful.

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