FFf Eclectic Red Barn: Pansies or Violets?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pansies or Violets?

Pansies love spring weather. It seems other than the typical Easter flowers, pansies are the first plants to become available in early spring. They thrive in the cooler temperatures and I love having them in my garden.

Purple pansy bloom
The pansy is a group of large-flowered hybrid plants cultivated as garden flowers. Pansies are derived from viola species Viola tricolor hybridized with other viola species. The common words "pansy" and "violet" are often used interchangeably.  
When a distinction is made, plants considered to be pansies have four petals pointing upwards, and only one pointing down. Violets have three petals pointing up and two pointing down.

Blue pansy with yellow center

However, modern horticulturalists tend to use the term "pansy" for those multi-coloured large-flowered hybrids that are grown for bedding purposes every year, while "viola" is usually reserved for smaller, more delicate annuals and perennials. 

Light purple pansy falling over the edge of the bucket

The pansy flower is two to three inches in diameter and has two slightly overlapping upper petals, two side petals, and a single bottom petal with a slight beard emanating from the flower's center.

They come in many colors, from single colors to varigated varites.

Puple-blue pansy almost hidden in the leaves
 Here we can see the beginning bud of the pansy.
Purple pansy bud just beginning to open

Bright blue pansy with yellow center

Purplish pansy with almost white petals

Blue pansy showing dark blue veins and soft white flower next to it

 Hope you have enjoyed seeing these images of my pansies. Spring is such a wonderful time, even here in Florida. Many may not think that we have a spring, but we do. Flowers begin to bloom and birds are migrating.


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36 comments :

  1. Wonderful shots. Hope you'd find time to visit my entry.

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    1. Thanks for the lovely comments on my pictures and stopping by. I checked out your mango flowers.
      Have a great day,
      Bev

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  2. Adorei as cores dessa flor!
    Zizi Santos

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    1. These really are such a beautiful color.Thanks for commenting and stopping by.
      Have a great day,
      Bev

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  3. They are so pretty. I love the color.

    Yellow Lantana

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    1. Liz,
      I love pansies and I am drawn to shades of blue/purple.
      Thanks for commenting. Have a great day,
      Bev

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    1. I couldn't pick just one or two pictures to show. I love pansies with all of their delicateness.
      Have a great day,
      Bev

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    1. Hi Jama,
      These were so beautiful. Glad you liked them.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting,
      Bev

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    1. Thank you very much for you comment. I really appreciate you stopping by.
      Have a great weekend,
      Bev

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    1. Hi Jamie,
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I love pansies (all flowers really). Hope you have a great weekend,
      Bev

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  8. Lovely strong colours.

    Popping over from TheBoyandMe 365

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    1. I was actually surprised at how lovely these pictures turned out.
      Thanks for commenting and stopping by,
      Bev

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  9. What beautiful colours! Really must get into growing some flowers from seed but at the moment, when I'm not at work I am concentrating on veg, in my spare time. I too love finding old things to do up for the house, but it's much more difficult. In towns you can rifle through skips, but in the countryside there's nothing, only the local auctions. Am retiring at the end of April, and there is so much I want to do!

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    1. I grow some flowers from seed, but I haven't done much this year. I wish you well on your retirement. I retired two years ago and I am busier now than ever and loving it. Hope you enjoy yours.
      Good luck and have fun when you retire,
      Bev

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  10. what striking blue flowers such vibrancy for your garden x

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    1. Jenny,
      They really are beautiful blue/purple pansies. They will be great until it heats up. Thank you for commenting,
      Bev

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  11. Striking pictures of some beautiful pansies.

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    1. It is nice to be rewarded with such lovely flower pictures. However, the credit goes to the flowers - the are beautiful.
      Have a great weekend,
      Bev

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  12. Very pretty- I never knew the difference between a pansy and a violet. Learn something new everyday.

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    1. You know what they say, "it is good to learn one new thing everyday". So you have yours. Glad I could provide something new! :)
      Bev

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  13. Whatever they're called, they're quite the sign of spring. Lovely photos.

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    1. Right, the name doesn't matter, we just love them! Spring is almost here. Yeah!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting,
      Bev

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  14. LOVE those pansies! I'm so glad you came by to share on Weekly Top Shot #73!

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    1. Hi Madge,
      Always glad to link up to your party. Thanks for your sweet comment.
      Have a great week,
      Bev

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  15. thanx for your lovely weekend flowers! :)

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    1. Tina,
      Always enjoy linking up to Weekend Flowers. So many lovely flowers to look at.
      Have a great week,
      Bev

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  16. I love all these photos you've taken of the pansies and enjoyed reading about them. Thank you so much for linking up with Today's Flowers, we appreciate it very much. Happy Thursday :)

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    1. Denise,
      Thanks you for your lovely comments on my pansies. I love linking up to Today's Flowers and seeing all the fabulous pictures.
      Have a great week,
      Bev

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