The garden pansy is a type of large-flowered hybrid plant cultivated as a garden flower. It is derived by hybridization from several species in the section Melanium ("the pansies")of the genus Viola, particularly Viola tricolor, a wildflower of Europe and western Asia known as heartsease. Some of these hybrids are referred to as Viola × wittrockiana Gams ex Nauenb. & Buttler. For simplicity, the older name Viola tricolor var. hortensis is often used.
The garden pansy flower is two to three inches in diameter
English common names, such as "pansy", "viola" and "violet" may be used interchangeably. One possible distinction is that plants considered to be "pansies" are classified in Viola sect. Melanium, and have four petals pointing upwards (the two side petals point upwards), and only one pointing down, whereas those considered to be "violets" are classified in Viola sect. Viola, and have two petals pointing up and three pointing down. Another possible distinction is made by the American Violet Society – the International Cultivar Registration Authority for the genus Viola. It divides cultivated varieties (cultivars) in Viola sect. Melanium into four subgroups: B1 – pansies, B2 – violas, B3 – violettas and B4 – cornuta hybrids. On this classification, modern "pansies" differ from the other three subgroups by possessing a well-defined "blotch" or "eye" in the middle of the flower.
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
nd has two slightly overlapping upper petals, two side petals, and a single bottom petal with a slight beard emanating from the flower's center. These petals are usually white or yellow, purplish, or blue. The plant may grow to nine inches in height, and prefers sun to varying degrees and well-draining soils.
Thanks to wikipedia for the description.
I thought I would add a new category to the site where I publish pictures of birds that will visit the garden, all the birds that I will publish here will visit your gardens too, well that's if you are in the UK.
Today you can see a Dunnock sitting looking for his next meal. In the early morning winter sunshine food is scarce so the birds will forage further into the garden than they would in the summer months. So please if you can put some food out for them to help the birds in the winter months especially when the temperature drops. Water is another help to the birds, either in a purchased bird bath or if you can not afford just a small bowl on the ground. Bear in mind to change the water every few days. You maybe thinking that you do not get many birds into the garden, but really, do you look for them? If you put food out for them they will come.
Sedam in the Winter sunshine just after a hrad frost, the foliage still striking in the morning sun. Some like to cut back the foliage late in the Autumn and leave it over the winter. Usually I am one of these but this year I left it. Not due to wanting to see it but due to a lack of time. The new growth is already showing itself at the base. Be careful when cutting back in the spring not to damage the new growth at the bottom.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.