Hello my spring loving friends! Today I am feeling inspired to share some “pansies for thought” to brighten your day!
During this exciting time of year, many of us are ready to jump right in and add start filling our outdoor containers or flower beds with some color, but it’s still too early for many annuals or perennials. Pansies however, seem to love the fickle spring season, when sunny days can be followed by chilly, frosty mornings, or even a dusting of snow.
Simple pots of pansies are usually the first signs of spring on my porch.
This week I put together a small hanging basket of mixed pansies and variegated ivy. It is so simple and pretty! By the way, notice my beautiful azaleas that just bloomed this week too!
A galvanized bucket of white violas adds spring interest to my flower bed. Tiny black pansies planted last fall have just emerged to put on their second show.
As spring progresses, I like to combine them in containers with tulips and daffodils.
Spring Garden Joys: Sweet Pansies and Violas
Enjoy these additional photos of pansies and violas for inspiration.
Pansies are the sweetest flowers, whether they are profusely blooming in a large pot or tucked into unexpected places.
I always love seeing pansies, violas, and “Johnny Jump-Ups” planted in unusual or whimsical vintage containers.
I gravitate toward purple and magenta pansies, probably because I love violets so much. Last year I shared a post all about sweet violets that you might also enjoy:
I also love white pansies and various shades of peach.
Pansies are bi-ennial, so if you plant them in the fall they will often come back in spring. I always buy a lot of pansies in autumn because they provide a little bit of color in pots all the way through December in our region.
When they start to die I cover them with leaf mulch until they begin to emerge again in early March, then by the end of March I am able to enjoy them again!
Although I do enjoy them in the fall, I definitely associate pansies more with spring, perhaps because that’s when sweet violets begin to dot the landscape.
Aren’t they just so delicate and romantic? Like violets, pansies were adored by the Victorians. According to Flower Shop Network, pansies represents loving thoughts. In Victorian England it was used for secret courting, when potential romantic partners communicated their interest with pretty pansies wrapped in a doily.
This pansy and moss wreath is just darling!
Like Violets, pansies are edible. Have you ever eaten a pansy? I haven’t, but I plan to try a spring pansy salad soon!
I hope this post of sweet pansies and violas has brightened your day! Do you love pansies as much as I do? I love hearing from you, dear readers!
Thanks for visiting today!