Looking out at the flower farm gives me the winter doldrums. Everything is sad and brown. That is, until I spy that one row of pansies. It's a little dab of blue and purple amidst the dreary landscape. Thought I would brighten your winter doldrums with a little of that color. I've planted blue, purple, and white with purple insets.
Here in the United States, we plant pansies to beautify our landscapes. It's really a fall tradition in Atlanta. That's not true for France. French farmers go to the trouble to make tiny bouquets made from ivy leaves and pansies for the French to use inside their homes. They are tiny, but beautiful and several placed in a silver cup make a stunning display. Sadly, my stems are not yet long enough for bouquets, but soon I hope to be making those for my shop. In the meantime, I've put them in tiny vases. You can do the same with the pansies in your yard, or come on by French Market Flowers and grab a tiny vase full of pansies for your kitchen counter. They will just make you smile.