Pansies – Another Illustration
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.
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.