What is it about these tiny but mighty little flowers? They are everywhere, not just in your flower garden or in a pot; they are in fashion, home decor and even in dessert.
Pansies have been romanticized, written about and visualized for years. Margaret Mitchell, Nathaniel Hawthorne and even Shakespeare made reference to this lovely little flower. Master painters including Van Gogh and Georgia O’Keeffe have had them sit as their subject. And we cannot forget Alice, one of my all time favorite characters, as she danced around and sang “All in the Golden Afternoon.” Their very name means, “thought,” or “free thinker.” And I love learning that about the pansy because it is now perfectly clear to me why Alice, while being in a huge flower garden, would be with them.
Now that pansy season is coming, how will you incorporate them into your lifestyle? Maybe you will keep your hands out of the dirt and invest in some wall art featuring their beautiful petals for a pop of color in your space, or deck yourself out from head to toe, with some of the fashion suggestions above. Those are all fun ideas. But if you do decide to grow some of these flowers, here are some things you can do with them,
Make and Bake some beautiful cookies and indulge in their blossoms:
Or make a gorgeous ice ring to bring to the next baby or bridal shower:
Despite how awesome they are, pansies are easy to grow. They don’t cave easily to insect and bad soil. But you must remember to water them regularly. And at the end of the season, maybe save a few to press in a poetry book for someone else to discover years down the road.
Ans P.S. if you hear someone call them Johnny Jump Ups, yep, that’s right to. Those are the wild sort.