One of the best parts of those excursions was picking wild violets. We'd gather fat bunches of them, come home, and put them into juice glasses. They were so pretty.
To me, violets and pansies, members of the same flower family, are reminiscent of spring in New England. They arrive soon after robins and daffodils. They are among the oldest cultirvated plants and have a very delicate fragrance.
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Did you know the English have given all kinds of names to the humble pansy? Check these out:
* bird's eye
* God-father and God-mother
Isn't that amazing?
When someone lacks stamina, he/she is often negatively referred to as a "pansy." This may have resulted due to pansies' inability to withstand heat. When the heat comes, just like me, pansies wilt. Isn't it great to know one has something in common with flowers?
Here's one new, made-up name for pansies: run-for-the-shade!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLORED PANSY?