[gardeners] Pansies and philosophy

Liz Albrook (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Thu, 9 Apr 1998 23:58:08 +0000

drusus@golden.net <gardeners@globalgarden.com> wrote:

> There's always pansies, very tough.  Lucinda

Yes, but can you tell me where to get the ones that they used to 
sell?  I can't abide these Blue! Yellow! Red! Pink! pansies they sell 
now.  I used to love pansies when I was a kid -- the tri-colored 
pansies with faces.  I think most pansies sold now are boring as can 

The only ones I've seen in recent years that really move me are 
Antique shades -- just 5 colors but they look like the whole spectrum 
on parade -- and Chansom series -- ruffled and edged.  I can't find 
either type this year.  

Violas, on the other hand, are getting nicer.  Now, in addition to 
the standard bright yellow and purple with an orange dot violas, 
there are pastel yellow and purples along with stripes, and subtle 
color shadings.  I'd really like to have violas similar to those 
Tasha Tudor raises -- they are exquisite and interesting flowers with 
complex coloring.

I look at flowers this way:  I have a very small yard so I have to 
make use of what I have in ways that will keep my attention.  I find 
that the plain blue pansies of today look wonderful amassed in beds 
but I just don't have that kind of space.  I'm more a single specimen 
type and I like for my single specimens to have qualities that can't 
be appreciated with just one glance.  Flowers that have illusive 
scents or colors or forms that aren't easily described are emotional 
and artistic challenges to me, much the same way chemistry and 
physics are intellectual challenges.  

I guess I'm weirder than I thought!