Sweet peas were developed by Henry Eckford (1823-1905) by crossbreeding plants from seeds sent to England by a Sicilian monk called Franciscus Cupani in 1699. Henry Eckford was originally a Scottish nurseryman but moved to Wem in Shropshire in 1888 which is where he perfected the breeding of this plant. “The Prince of Specialists” he was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society and had upwards of 85 gold and silver medals for his work.
My next charity shop find is a beautiful pastel drawing of sweet peas in a tankard. Unfortunately the frame got broken but the drawing is unharmed. I am not sure what it cost and the signature is illegible but it was still worth writing about.