Monday, February 7, 2011

Dancing Pansy Flowers



I love pansies!  They've been my favorite flower for five decades.  Who can resist their cheerful "faces," luscious purple, copper and amber hues and soft, velvety petals?  I know as a toddler, I couldn't!  I was so excited to see these sweet garden beauties in grandma's garden that I pulled up several fists-full.  I ran to her grinning and squealing, proudly holding up my contraband bouquet.  I still remember that day - the day I discovered the beauty of pansies and shared that joy with my grandma!

The original lithographs were produced by L. Prang & Co. between 1861-1897.   These images have been made available to the general public by the Boston Public Library, free of charge and under a Creative Commons license with no copyright restrictions. To access the library's extensive online collection of vintage images, click here.

11 comments:

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

VERY CUTE.
They may be heading for the dance floor next...but I believe they are being married on the toadstool..just guessing tho.

We have pansies in our garden all winter..we love them too.

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

P.S. THANK YOU for the website..have been playing around in it...and lovin the trip.

Rose

Lululiz said...

Two delightful images, thank you.

Annabelle said...

Thank you for the pug images. I have to say I adore your beautiful blog background ; especially knowing you created the flowers....so Vintage and so very romantic.

Annabelle

Elaine said...

So cute thank you!

Paula said...

Catherine, these pansies are adorable! I too love these joyful posies. They always bring a smile to my face. You know, I have encountered a few species that are quite fragrant. One of my most favorite is the Rebecca Pansy, (viola). It has a hint of rose to its scent ... plus, its purple and white ruffle petals look fabulous in our powder room!

NEEDLEWINGS said...

How very sweet! It took me a minute to figure out that they were dancing!

Irmina Díaz-Frois Martín said...

Adoro la flor del pensamiento, es mi favorita y verla bailar, me gusta mucho.

khess136 said...

thank you, Catherine, for your beautiful images and beautiful generosity! I'm a new subscriber and look forward to a wonderful friendship with you!
xo Karen

Wateringen said...

Hay Catherine,

What a lovely blog.
Those old Victorian style, is realy amazing.
I love this style very much..
And now I follow your blog.
Please take a look into my world..

Marijke
www.marijkevanooijen.blogspot.com

Andrea Thieck said...

Thank you for this wonderful bog
Andrea