13 October 2008

the nice thing about pansies

the first nice thing about pansies is that they come out so early in the spring. well before any of the other annuals arrive, pansies provide a multitude of much welcomed color after the drab months of winter. the second nice thing about pansies is that, after they have gotten leggy and sad-looking in the heat of summer, as the days cool and fall arrives they stage a comeback that lasts until frost. and the last nice thing about pansies is the seed pod. in that short period after the fat pod splits in three and before the wind or rain ensues, the seeds wait all lined up in perfectly lovely little rows. Observe...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

i don't remember paying any attention to the seed stage but i will now. in spanish they are called pensamientos (thoughts). joanna

Nanc said...

Isn't nature grand!

Anonymous said...

My grandpa, who is in Heaven now, used to plant pansies because he felt like they were little smiling faces looking at him. I can't look at a pansy without thinking of him. In NH they are one of the first colors of spring and last colors of fall, part of our New England strategy to make sure the long winter doesn't whiten our minds. : )

cherie