Last September I visited a roof garden at Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. Although the garden was small, it had several interesting plant collections. One of them was these black pansies. I was intrigued, because I’ve never seen black pansies before. They’re not really black, but very dark purple.Their color was indeed exquisite and marvelous with the green backdrop.
(Pansy’s other names: viola tricolor hortensis, heartsease, love in idleness and flower of Jove.)
The AnswerLavender for old loves, Roses for the new, Heliotrope for pleasure, lass, And for sorrow, rue. Rosemary lest you forget.– Take, or let it be. I will have the wholesome pine And the open sea. Rosemary lest you forget.– When I come again Up the old familiar path In the autumn rain, What if you’ve forgotten, lass? Say, what shall I do?– Here is the heartsease by the gate With the bitter rue.
Sara Hamilton Birchall