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Pansies – Another Illustration

February 24, 2013

I love pansies, because: a. there are easy to grow; b. they can be planted outside in early spring; c. there are loads of available colours and d. their blooms are very bright. The only thing I don’t like about pansies – they flower only in the second year of growth… Despite  the last bit I will be planting these beauties as soon as the weather warms up.

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A Short Story (just a bit of history found on Wikipedia)

In the early years of the 19th century, Lady Mary Elizabeth Bennet (1785–1861), daughter of the Lord of Tankerville, collected and cultivated every sort of Viola tricolor she could procure in her father’s garden at Walton-upon-Thames, Surrey. Under the supervision of her gardener, William Richardson, a large variety of plants was produced via cross-breeding. In 1812, she introduced her pansies to the horticultural world, and, in 1813, Mr. Lee, a well-known florist and nurseryman, further cultivated the flower. Other nurserymen followed Lee’s example, and the pansy became a favorite among the public.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2013 10:11 pm

    I also love their faces – although I prefer the smaller viola. With pansies you can cut them back when they get a bit long in the tooth, and they’ll sprout again from the base.

    • February 25, 2013 9:30 am

      I didn’t know that you can cut them back and that they sprout again (I’ll have to try this out this year) and I guess we could add this to the list of the things I love about them, they are brilliant indeed! I usually take off the dead blooms, so that the plants would have more energy to open up new ones. Oh… I’m so looking forward to working in the garden!

  2. February 25, 2013 9:03 am

    the illustration is brilliant, is it yours?

    • February 25, 2013 9:24 am

      Thank you, Sarah. The answers is – yes, they are mine. I’m trying to “tame” watercolours at the moment. Jovita is really good at this technique, she’s a professional. K.

  3. February 28, 2013 6:36 pm

    Love your illustrations and love pansies too. Just bought some plants to put on the porch – here in FL the heat seems to get to them though. Glad to hear they will resprout, I’ll have to try that this year.

  4. ajaytao2010 permalink
    April 3, 2013 12:29 pm

    Beautiful

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