This year, I found the seed envelope in the bottom of my seed tote. It had fallen down into the deep recesses of the bag, and I had promptly forgotten about them. Upon discovering them back in January or February, I decided to poke them in the soil and let them sprout.
I discovered the first blossoms from those sweet pea vines late yesterday afternoon. When I went to photograph them today, I realized that I don't remember the previous sweet peas (from which these seeds came) being a deep blue-purple. I remember them being in light pastel shades of white and pink.
Okay... I know the genetics and breeding of certain flowers often result in the seeds from a flower not producing the same color blossoms as the parent plant. Could this be what has happened with this batch?
Then I noticed another blossom on the vines that was even more puzzling. I know I didn't have any two-colored sweet peas in previous years--especially deep purple ones with delicate pale yellow edges!
I don't know how it has happened. I'm certain that some horticultural expert out there could probably give me a more educated answer as to how.
But sometimes the "how" isn't as important as "it happened".
And for a lover of all blue and purple flower, this serendipitous delight is a real treat. So let the sweet peas have their secrets.