Thursday, May 6, 2010

Pansy Love


Dear husband brought me home some flowers recently. Not the kind you put in a vase, or plant in the ground...... but these lovely little pansies!





Pansies are one of my favorite Spring flowers, so he scored big with these LOVE stamps!






It makes me want to sit down and write someone, just so I can affix one of these little sweeties to the envelope. :-)






And here is the real thing. Historic Mix Pansies I started from seed, around the first of the year, have been blooming now for several weeks. I couldn't resist adding a few to this small vintage green glass bottle. I liked the results! I can never go back to those huge floppy pansies sold at the nurseries and big box stores. These heirloom pansies are smaller, more delicate in size and coloring. Way back in the 1800's they were called "tufted pansies.' I love their various colors and shadings....and since they are open pollinated there can be some nice surprises. This particular one is lavender with a darker face, washed with a bronze cast. Best of all....seeds can be saved to start again next year!



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In Victorian times, certain flowers had specific meanings. In the language of Flowers, Pansies stood for loving thoughts.


"I pray, what flowers are these? The pansy this, O, that's for lover's thoughts"

~ George Chapman



20 comments:

Becca's Dirt said...

Like the flowers on postage stamps. Nice bouquet. Makes ya smile when you walk by. I haven't seen this particular variety.

Melissa said...

Soooooooooooo pretty....especially in the green glass

Greenie said...

Oooh! I love pansies, too. And I love colorful stamps. So much nicer than a boring ol' Libery Bell or American Flag. (I'm sure that sounds quite unpatriotic of me.) I think I might need some pansy stamps, myself!

Jan (Thanks For Today) said...

How beautiful...your little pansies in the sweet vase, I mean. I think I would like those too, although sometimes the really big, floppy pansies fill the bill for me, too;-) Those are some pretty stamps! I will have to look for them!

Laurie said...

gorgeous...and way to be, husband! You could always write me a note :) ...and HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear sister!!

Randy and Jamie said...

I've never been a big fan of Pansies, but those are the most beautiful colors! You may have just changed my mind. -- Randy

tina said...

I love your pansies..they have such happy little faces :)
Where did you get your seeds from? I really enjoy the bronze color in them and your tiny green vase sets them of beautifully!

Connie said...

Tina - I got my seed from Select Seeds, but they don't sell them anymore. A quick online search yielded 3 sources: Seed Savers Exchange, Cherry Gal, and Diane's flower seeds.

Amy Brecount White said...

Hi, Connie! I haven't seen those stamps yet either, but very excited to get them!

You might be interested in checking out my debut novel, FORGET-HER-NOTS, which features the language of flowers come magically to life. It's published by HarperCollins, and flower lovers of all ages will enjoy it.

Happy Spring!

-Amy (Brecount White)

www.amybrecountwhite.com

Karen said...

Absolutely lovely little arrangement in the little green bottle. I'll have to see if I can find some of these seeds, I've got a pot that would love to have them! Thanks for posting.

Catherine said...

Oh, Connie, send me a letter!! I love the pansy you gave me, and I love the heirloom in the vase. My dear husband brought me a huge bouquet of lilacs yesterday. We DO have dear husbands, don't we!

Kim and Victoria said...

Very nice! What a lovely surprise from your hubbie.

Lisa Blair said...

Hello there, Connie!

I love the stamps! I went to the post office yesterday with the intent of getting some pretty stamps to affix to some Thank You notes I'd written. The post office guy asked me what kind of stamps I wanted, I told him, "Oh, something pretty - flowers, trees, nature - whatever you've got." Then he showed me how limited my options were. I could choose from Cowboys, Sailors, or an American Flag... I picked the Cowboys...

em said...

i cop out and buy the plants, but now i see how pretty and different these heirlooms are, i'll have to rethink! pansies are my dau's favorite flower... i just decorated her birthday cake with them. nice post, green bottle and stamps!

joey said...

How lovely ... don't know anyone who doesn't love pansies!

Donell said...

I'm just crazy about pansies. Thank you for the pretty post!

gardenpath said...

Oh, I haven't seen these! I am definitely getting some. The letters to my mom always get a pretty stamp.

I like the ones you started from seed. They do look old fashioned.

Beth said...

Hi Connie - happy spring!

I hate to admit but I have NEVER grown pansies - not a once. Wow, huh? I've never seen those stamps - they are BEAUTIFUL!!!! Your flower bouquet is equally as beautiful. Hope you are well. It's been a while since I've been on here!

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