This new sweet pea is raised by the world’s most innovative sweet pea breeder, Dr Keith Hammett, and named to commemorate Newmarket’s great racehorse trainer Sir Henry Cecil
Formerly known as ‘Chocolate Flake’, this sweetly scented variety features white flowers streaked on both sides of the petals in shades from bright red through to milk chocolate. This type of sweet pea is inherently a little variable and the colour can also be affected by weather conditions, but the range of shades makes a very harmonies bouquet. It is now available from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds
"We knew Sir Henry loved his flower garden as a form of relaxation from the pressure of training racehorses, and so we were honoured when Lady Cecil agreed to our request to name the new variety in his memory", said the company's joint managing director John Fothergill.
Sweet Pea ‘Sir Henry Cecil’ was developed in New Zealand by RHS Cory Cup winner Dr Keith Hammett. Such is his reputation that Mr Fothergill’s
now puts a special flash on the packets of all its sweet pea varieties bred by Dr Hammett to highlight their origin.
In a training career based at Newmarket, close to Mr Fothergill’s
offices and trial ground, Sir Henry Cecil
won 3431 races worldwide including twenty five British Classic races.
Sweet Pea ‘Sir Henry Cecil’ is available only from Mr Fothergill’s Seeds
For more on Keith Hammett, take a look at this profile in the RHS magazine The Plantsman