Pansies

Pansies

My mother and grandmother both had beautiful gardens so I definitely got the gardening bug from them. I also recall pansies being a staple in the spring. I think pansies are one of the sweetest, friendliest looking flowers around. They all have faces to me and when the wind blows it looks like they are smiling, nodding and having a grand time.

This short video shares the differences between violas and pansies. Very nice. This short video discusses the need for deadheading to keep your pansies blooming consistently. Here’s a very short video on planting pansies.

FunFacts about Pansies: (Source)   

  • The common name for ‘pansy’ is ‘heartsease’.
  • Pansies were originally considered an invasive weed.
  • Here’s a basic scientific description of pansies including their origin, quote: The garden pansy is a type of large-flowered hybrid plant cultivated as a garden flower. It is derived by hybridization from several species in the section Melanium (“the pansies”) of the genus Viola, particularly Viola tricolor, a wildflower of Europe and western Asia known as ‘heartsease’. For simplicity, the older name Viola tricolor var. hortensis is often used. (Source)
  • Pansies can be planted in the fall, are cold tolerant, and will bloom in the right environment from the fall through the winter and well into the spring.
  • The pansy is regarded as a flower of ‘remembrance’. Its name derives from the French ‘pensée’ or ‘to think’.
  • British horticulturalists began experimenting with ‘heartsease’ in the early 1800s. By 1833, there were over 400 varieties of pansies.
  • Pansies are a bit heat and humidity sensitive. Heat will cause them to stop blooming and humidity creates rot.
  • Some nicknames for pansies are, quote: “Three Faces under a Hood,” “Flame Flower,” “Jump Up and Kiss Me,” “Flower of Jove,” and “Pink of my John.” (Source)
  • Here’s a fun, old adage, quote: American pioneers thought that “a handful of violets taken into the farmhouse in the spring ensured prosperity, and to neglect this ceremony brought harm to baby chicks and ducklings. (Source)

Just for fun, Sandra L. sent in this group of four gorgeous photos of her pansies. Enjoy!

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