Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Last of the Precious Pansies

The Pansies are finally saying 'adieu' as the heat of summer is upon us. It is always a bittersweet parting because I love them so much. They are symbolic of so many things, in my experience,  they represent Spring and new beginings.
Pansies are the sister to the violet.
In Italy they are known as 'flammola' or 'little flame'.
The words 'pansy' comes from the French word 'pensee' which translates as 'thought'. This name was given to the flowers because they were believed to have the appearance of a human face.
According to the language of flowers, if a male companion leaves behind a pansy for his female friend, he is thinking of forbidden love.
They are also symbolic of time spent together and sweet memories.
In the late 1800's the American Secular Union adopted the image of the Pansy as the symbol for free thought.

These are the last of my Pansies....until next Spring sweet Pansies!

When I was in Madrid this past winter, I came across an old book store that sold reproduction prints of engravings of the flower devas. This one looks like a Violet or a Pansy. The back of the cards reads 'Las Flores Animadas Grabados XIX Granville'. It came from M B De Pablos, Madrid. She is so sweet, I just had to share her in this post. 
The smaller pictures were taken with my iPhone and edited on Instagram.

Wishing everyone a very Happy Solstice!

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