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Over the Summer months, the kitchen garden at Forde Abbey is filled with the gentle scent of sweet peas, an abundance of over eighty varieties lining the pathways on their twiggy supports and providing armfuls of cut flowers to display around the house and to make into posies for sale in the shop.

Last year, we started to notice they looked a little different; some of the leaves were curled, almost as if they had been scorched by the sun, which left us wondering if we had a problem. Danny, the gardener at Forde Abbey talks about a new sweet pea virus that could be the root of the problem.

We’ll be posting further updates on instagram over the Summer months:




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