Firstly, many grateful thanks to bobsblues, EAS, cabbie, AlanBaseley, nikshot and Mavis for your User Awards on my Regal Pelargonium Duo. Thankyou Rob, Ann, Robert, Alan, Nick and Mavis.
I have titled these violets with one of the many attractive names bestowed upon this plant, generally because of its resemblance to a pensive human face. "Love In Idleness" was meant to imply the image of a lover who has little or no other employment than to think of his beloved one.
The name pansy is derived from the French, pensée meaning “thought” and was so named because the flower typically displays large showy face markings and in August it nods forward as if deep in thought. Because of this the pansy has long been a symbol of Freethought.
It has been honored with so rich a variety of names, at once expressive of grace, delicacy and tenderness. Many of these names play on the whimsical nature of love, including “Three Faces under a Hood,” “Flame Flower,” “Jump Up and Kiss Me,” “Flower of Jove,” and “Pink of my John".
The pansy's current appearance was developed from the Heartsease (viola tricolor) by two centuries of intentional crossbreeding of the wild plant, or "weed", called "Johnny Jump Up" in North America. The name “Heart’s-ease” came from the woman St. Euphrasia, whose name in Greek signifies cheerfulness of mind. The woman, who refused marriage and took the veil, was considered a pattern of humility, hence the name “humble violet".
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