Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pansy Planting Time




Here in Birmingham, it's time to get those perky pansies in the ground.  What a visual treat they are set against winter's drab backdrop.  I am always fascinated that this delicate plant stubbornly survives freezing temperatures and last year, even a quick snow.  I took these photos in October with the morning dew still clinging to their petals.  

The Tune du Jour is "O Come Emmanuel" by Michael Dulin

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22 comments:

Olivier said...

j'adore la première fleur, on peut imaginer la bouche d'un chat (avec les moustaches).

I love the first flower, one can imagine the mouth of a cat (with mustaches).

alice said...

Lovely colors! Mine are white and dark red. In French, they are called "Pensées", it means "Thoughts"!

alice said...

Your link to Paris seems to have a little problem today ;-).

Tash said...

It is amazing that they are so hardy. Gorgeous photos, gorgeous color - I esp. like the blue one.

Bibi said...

Hardy indeed. I see them here when it's freezing or almost. Didn't realize they had to be planted now.

angela said...

I have some outside my back door. Their brave, cheerful little faces always raise my spirits...
I see you've changed your header. I like this one very much..

JM said...

Do you know the portuguese name for pansy? 'Amor perfeito', as the french would say, 'Amour parfait'. :-)
Lovely shots!

The Life and Times of a Southern Foodie said...

First of all, I thing the picture behind your title is wonderful.

Second, I love pansies. I forget how much they like this weather.

They come in so many pretty colors. I think they are a little hope of spring through out these cold winter months.

Great pictures

babooshka said...

Pansy, lovely bloom does have a whole other meaning in the uk. Urm shall we say it is very derogatory-along the lines of nancy boy, fairy
etc. I think the term is thankfully outmoded- derogatory to both the people and the gorgeous bloom. They do have such sweet lttle faces, yes I see faces in pansies.

Virginia said...

Thanks Alice, I had forgotten the URL! I am NOT a two blog wonder!

JM, I like that nice Portugese word for pansy. Thanks!

Glad you all like the header. You know I can't leave well enough alone!!

B., I had forgotten that term. Don't think it's used here much anymore. You're right, not a good term for anyone or the flowers.

Therese said...

The yellow ones are my favorites, little suns in the garden.

Tanya said...

A nice pop of color since it's so grey and cold here!
I too like the new header photo :)

Knoxville Girl said...

the colors and shadows on that second shot are so intense. loves!
and since no one else (Babooshka, I'm looking at you) has said it, I guess I will. your new header has balls! in the very best way, of course.

Virginia said...

Oh Knox, I didn't see that one coming!HA

PJ said...

Your banner is Christmas blue! I love it! And pansies, well, they're like little faces, so sweet.

marley said...

The good old pansy. Winter colour all season long. What could be better?! Great photos.

Laurie said...

Those pansies, that gorgeous banner, your Paris shots on the sister blog... V, your photography is so spectacular. Eye candy! Yay!

I've never had luck with pansies. No matter where I've lived, I've had terrible snails. I even planted pansies in a hanging basket one time and after two weeks a snail had made its way up. Honestly!

babooshka said...

I didn't have the balls to say it Knoxville Girl, honestly my bad ass reputation goes before me. I'm a pussycat(doll) really.

storyteller said...

I love pansies and just planted two flats (32 plants) in MY yard last week ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Bob Crowe said...

Planting flowers in mid-December? What a weird place you live in. But then it makes me think of T. S. Elliott (native St. Louisan who got the hell out of here when he had a chance): April is the cruelest month, pushing up daises out of the snow... So take your month and see what the earth will push up for you.

Marie-Noyale said...

It's definitely Christmas in Birmingham with that header!!!
I am not the first one to say it but I love it too!!
I think my favorite name for those flowers is the Portuguese name!!

Virginia said...

Only on MY blog would you get the wildly diverse comments as we have here folks. For the love!!! Who needs Saturday Night Live when you have this rowdy crowd? And Bob, did I ever say this place wasn't weird? B. and Knox, I am sending you both to TIme Out. That is a very bad place called my Photo Archives and you can't come out till you find some decent photos for me to post!!! Good Luck!

And for all my "normal" visitors, bless you for stopping by!!

Olivier, Your fab Santa photo makes me laugh each and every time your visit. Noel en grand!
V