Photos of Sweet Pea Flowers have Special Meaning for Sandwich Resident

Photography by Scott Cook

For Sandwich resident Scott Cook, sweet pea flowers are especially close to his heart. “I lost my wonderful mother, Rita, four years ago, and this was her favorite flower growing up as a little girl on the family cotton farm in Mississippi. I planted these in her honor,” says Cook. He plants the seeds in early spring along two 6-foot-high trellises made of heavy cotton cording he built himself. The soil preparation is important, says Cook, but sweet peas are not difficult to maintain. One tip: Soaking the seeds overnight seems to help in the success rate of the seed because of its hard outer-coating. The germination, however, can be a bit tricky, says Cook, not knowing what weather surprises lie ahead after planting the seeds. “My mother was a splendid gardener, flower designer and loved antiques,” says the local gardener. “These interests are among the gifts I treasure from her, along with her love of antiques. I love collecting old garden tools, some made and forged by hand.”

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