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Mon cœur est un bouquet de violettes

By magda_indigo  
The history of the pansy is linked forever to the viola, its ancestor. Viola is a large genus containing 500 species according to Hortus Third. Violas were familiar to people living in Greece in the 4th century B.C.
The centre of origin for violas was continental Europe. The hardy but delicate viola was cultivated by the Greeks for herbal medicinal use and much later inspired William Shakespeare to write of romance.
Some time after the 4th century B.C. in Europe, an acute observer noticed a plant similar to a viola but growing in open areas with more sunlight. This plant thrived in alpine meadows and on rocky ledges. Someone named this plant a wild pansy. Possibly, it was a person living in France who noticed this plant because the word pansy is traced back to the French word pensée, meaning thought or remembrance.
The wild pansy bloom was larger and more round than violas.
These lightly scented flowers are available in a huge range of colours. The dark centres in some flowers are thought to resemble little faces.
These are a smaller variety (a flower not much bigger than my thumbnail!), that I had in our garden, I could not resist photographing them in the studio...
Thanx for viewing, M, (*_*)

Tags: Flowers Studio Colours Flowers and plants Violets Violas Pansies Flash and lighting Heart-shape Violettes

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Anthony 19 5.6k 17 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2008 5:05PM
beautiful and delicate. Smile
DOGSBODY 12 1.4k 30 England
29 Dec 2008 5:08PM
A very interesting write up and a beautifully arranged and photographed picture. Andy
CarolG 14 199 20 Greece
29 Dec 2008 5:10PM
A super composition and presentation, Magda, and a very interesting write-up, thank you. Carol
jdenman 13 19 5 Spain
29 Dec 2008 5:10PM
Really interesting write up, beautiful image.
dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2008 5:12PM
A really beautiful image ..I love the colours, they are so vibrant. Thank you for all the info too.
blackbird 14 159 15 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2008 5:29PM
beautiful rich colours, reminds me of an enamelled necklace
Glostopcat 15 255 2 England
29 Dec 2008 5:46PM
Very beautiful, colourful and so well presented
mars 13 England
29 Dec 2008 6:13PM
A favourite flower of your presentation & history...

foggytwo 18 36 1 Scotland
29 Dec 2008 7:10PM
The description is great and very interesting Magda and the image is just winderful. The lighting brings out the highlights in the colourful petals and the presentation enhances the whole image. Very nice.
KathyW 17 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
30 Dec 2008 5:13PM
Beautiful colours and such pretty pansies
jan 1 17 12 Netherlands
3 Nov 2009 2:32PM
Hallo dear Magda.
Hope everything is fine ?
Really a very 'lovely' picture you shows here.
One of my Heart.!
Groeten van Jan

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