Tags: autumn in the garden, Beauty, flower faces, Flowers, pansies, pansies as airheads, pansy faces, pensees, planting for a new season, purple pansy, renaming flowers, velvety petals, violas, whiskers on violas, winter flowers in the South
I won’t post more than a few sentences today. This glorious weather is calling me outside to plant the winter flowers: pansies with velvety black “faces” and orange violas with purple “whiskers” and random splashes as if someone got overenthusiastic about the paint job.
Did you know that a pansy’s name comes from the French word pensée, meaning thought? I always wondered what kind of thoughts inspired such a strange association. I don’t feel that thoughtful when I stare at a group of these cheerful blossoms. Apparently, it’s because the early breeders thought those black splotches looked like human faces. Hence: thought.
So sorry to be contrary, but I just don’t think those “faces” look like faces — and if they do resemble faces at all, they are flower faces. Friendly ones, I grant you, but not exactly doctoral candidates. Pretty little airheads, if first impressions are anything to go by….
Anyway, I want the flowers in my garden all winter to stop the compulsive stream of thinking for just a few moments as my eyes feast on Beauty in a somewhat barren landscape.
Perhaps it’s time to rename these flowers? Can you think of any good alternatives?