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I wanted to brighten things up for the winter so I bought some pansies online. 20 plants ready to flower came beautifully packaged and with proper care they will be in bloom right through to April 2023. Here are some of them. Things need tidying a bit, so it's not a terrific photo, but you can see they are flourishing quite nicely.


I wondered where "pansy" came from so I did a bit of looking up and found it's from French pensée = thought, according to Wikipedia because it symbolised remembrance.

In the OED I found a nice quote from 1771

"On that fair bank a Pansy grew, That borrowed from indulgent skies A velvet shade and purple hue."

J. Langhorne Violet & Pansy in Fables of Flora 32   

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They are very happy, cheering. Lovely!