Posy Palette

Posy Palette: Pansies

Pansy Pot

While the common French name for pansy is pensée since the blossom resembles a human face, especially in warmer months when the flowers droop forward as if in deep thought, we like the English name “heart’s-ease” which came from St. Euphrasia, whose name in Greek means cheerfulness of the mind.

Pansy Pastry

In Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, the juice of the pansy is a love potion while in Hamlet, Ophelia distributes them like thoughts.  And did you know that Margaret Mitchell originally chose the name Pansy for her Gone with the Wind heroine, but changed it to Scarlett at the very last minute?

Pansy Pouch

Pansy Polo

We like the fact that the typical pansy colors – purple, yellow and white – symbolize memories, loving thoughts and souvenirs… so appropriate for the fleeting months of spring.  Best of all, pretty pansies aren’t just for planting…

Pansy Pop

Pansy Pillow

We hope your minds are cheerful this weekend!

Photos via Pinterest, StoneGable, Stanley Korshak, Farfetch and Gracious Home

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  • Reply Meghan @ Wishful Thinking April 5, 2013 at 6:00 am

    I love pansies! And as someone who regularly kills anything green (unintentionally of course), they are the only flowers that survive my inept gardening skills. A couple of them have already popped up thinking it was spring! Have a lovely weekend ladies!

  • Reply Rowaida Flayhan April 5, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Gorgeous post going to my pinterest
    Happy Friday and a great weekend

  • Reply The Enchanted Home April 5, 2013 at 7:14 am

    All so beautiful…so delicate and spring like. I love Yvonnes cookies from StoneGable..what a work of art! Wishing you a fabulous weekend!!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips April 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Pansies are such a happy, resilient flower!!! I am smiling at my yellow ones outside right now. They have helped me endure this slightly irritating start to Spring.

    Hope your weekend is cheerful, too!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita April 5, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Love it! They have such happy cheery faces! And no, I had no idea Scarlett was going to be Pansy. neat!

  • Reply Leslie April 5, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Beautiful cookies! Pansies are so pretty and perfect for adding a little color outside (or in!) at this time of year.

    Have a nice weekend!


  • Reply KATHYSUE April 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Omgosh I love those pansie pops!! I have purple pansies planted in a pot on my front porch and I can not walk by without smiling at them, they look like little ladies in a bonnet,
    Beautiful images, thanks for sharing,
    xo Kathysue

  • Reply quintessence April 7, 2013 at 10:57 am

    LOVE learning all those interesting pansy tidbits!! Who knew?! And it’s a good thing pansies aren’t just for planting otherwise I’d be lost!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass April 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you for the history on one of my very favorite flowers. They are just so happy and survive at the perfect time of year.
    Happy Sunday.

  • Reply l o v e l y t h i n g s April 7, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I love pansies…how resilient they are amazes me. Those pansy pops are beautiful!

  • Reply Georgica Pond April 7, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    So pretty, and I especially love that sweet little pansy pop. What a cute idea.

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    LOVE Maria

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