A TRIBUTE TO SWEET PEA
There is a sweet flowering plant which has been
blossoming in a fashion rather discreet,
A native of the Mediterranean region, found from
Sicily to Crete , -
Know to the world today as Sweet Pea!
It is an annual climbing plant and can climb pretty
Its leaves are pinnate with two leaflets and a tendril, -
With which the supporting structure it entwines!
Let me not go into its Botanical class, order, species,
Or else I may lose sight of those purple flowers, -
their exquisite blossoms are so tender!
Its bright color and sweet fragrance gives the flower
its name, -
Inviting butterflies and honey bees, who flirt with it
Henry Eckford, a nurseryman of Scottish descent,
Cross-bred and developed Sweet Peas into a floral
sensation and craze!
Making it well known during the late Victorian Age!
He was presented with the Royal Horticultural
Society’s Victoria Medal of Honour!
And this well-known flower since then, has never
been a loner!
This flower’s ability to self-pollinate and its easily
observable Mendelian traits, -
Such as color, height and petal form;
Made the pioneering geneticist Reginald Punnett, -
Use it in his studies of genetic linkage and reform!
He produced a Blue hybrid of Sweet Pea,
And the world simply marveled at his creativity!
This flower is also available in white, pink, violet
and purple - in galore,
Borne singly, or in clusters of two to four!
Making the English gardeners call it ‘Queen of
Annuals’ - a flower they simply adore!
Its vivid color, fragrance and length of bloom,
Makes them useful as good ‘cut flowers’ and a
favorite of the Florist too!
And now I present my bouquet of Sweet Pea
flowers to you!
20 Jul 09
•This poem is dedicated to Ms Ritti Patnaik.
Has been written on her request, the dedication
is from my side! – Raj.
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem