...........while the year is young, yellow as sunshine, purple as the night; Flowers of remembrance.........." ~~~ Sarah Doudney
Mary Elizabeth Benet collected and cultivated every sort of viola tricolor she could procure in her fathers garden at Walton-Upon-Thames. Mary and her gardener, William produced a large variety of pansies via cross-breeding.
"The very sunshine loved them, and would lie here happy, coming early, lingering late, because they were so fair." Robert Buchanan
They were introduced to the horticultural world in 1813 known as heartsease.
By 1833 there were 400 named pansies! The name pansy was derived from the french word pense'e (thought) because of its resemblance to a pensive human face.
It has been almost too hot here for pansies this winter.
Pansy artwork has, and still does, adorn many things including china. This small cup and saucer is covered with pansies. I love its little butterfly shaped handle.
Another one of a kind cup and saucer in my collection.
This one has great style with its square saucer.
The violet is in the viola/pansy family too. Did you know the flowers contain valuable nutrients? Have you eaten any violets lately?
Violets have also been a favorite art subject for dishes. This is one of my favorite tea pots.
I found this crocheted pansy doily years ago at a garage sale. Ladies once put doilies over pitchers to keep the flies out of the lemonade.
I have a lot of these cups with violets. I found them in an antique store, also many years ago. They had all lost their mates (saucers). I knew they would be perfect to use as punch cups when I use my large stoneware bowl that blends with the colors on the cups. I still remember they were $3. each.
"The beauteous pansies rise in purple, gold and blue, with tints of rainbow hue mocking the sunset skies" ~ Thomas Ouseley