Something To Brighten Up A Winter’s Day
It’s miserable today, with a fine drizzle and heavy cloud. Couple that with the short days as we approach the winter solstice here at 56° north – and it’s a recipe for emotional gloom.
Pansies and Violas
So with that in mind, here are some pansies that I photographed here in Edinburgh a couple of days ago when it was sunny.
Perhaps you knew that pansies are ‘made’ by hybridising various viola species.
Is ‘made’ the right word? I guess it is, because without human intervention it’s likely pansies would not have been come into being spontaneously because someone had to bring the various viola species together.
The strange thing is that pansies have four petals pointing upwards, and only one pointing down, whereas violas have three petals pointing up and two pointing down.
So you can see that the flowers in this photo are pansies.