Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pansies


I learned about pansies from my first piano teacher. She grew them from seed and explained biennials to me. There was a beautiful row of pansies in front of her house every winter. They've never been my favorite flowers, but seeing them brings back fond memories. She was a real character! She taught both my sister and me; and while my sister was having her lesson, Mrs. Evans had me draw something with colored pencils. Usually, she had me copy something she had in her house. The work I remember best was a mill wheel and stream. I never had a great deal of talent with drawing, but I could manage to do scenes and objects so they were recognizable. I never got faces "right". I enjoyed it, but now there's always something else I'd rather do than draw: read, view a film, play with my plants...

The braided bamboo plant was a present from The Husband a while back. It's pretty like it is, but I would like it just as well not braided. I don't know where the braiding idea originated. This one is growing in water with a gravel support. It gets colder in our house at night than this plant prefers, so I hope it'll last through the winter. It's so nice to have houseplants! I like that spot of green during the winter-time.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth are hosting their weekly T Party. Stop by and visit.

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  1. Lovely photo...the flowers on the cup and the green bamboo are just the thing on a cold winter day!

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    1. i'm not overly fond of the cold weather, so i brighten it up any way i can lol

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  2. Hello and Happy T Day! I love this cool braided plant, have never seen one before. How fun it is though, my hubby would like it too. Thank you for sharing your piano teacher story with us, how sweet she sounded. I love the flowers on it, so nice to see them with all this snow around me. Gives me hope that Spring might just come, not soon enough though. My kids would like your beverage choice too, might have to surprise them with some. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Mrs. Evans was very "old school" but never stuffy. i'm ready for warmer weather, too!

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  3. I've never seen bamboo like that braided before. I HAVE seen it curled in water, but never braided. I suspect it's a good way to train it.

    I bought some pansy seeds last year, but they didn't make it. I think I planted them at the wrong time of year. I wanted to use them in salads, and the rest for pressing to make art with. I admit they are not my favorite, either, but they seem to have many purposes, none of which is drawing them (at least not in my world).

    Thanks for sharing them and the braided bamboo for T today. I can't seem to keep up with your posts (grin).

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    1. i've never had pansies. they do remind me of wild violets, tho, and i have a lot of those. i haven't used my flower press in years, but i'll bet the violets would turn out pretty.

      i've seen bamboo curled, too. i wonder why they seem to have quit selling it just the plain, ordinary, straight style...

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  4. The bamboo plant is lovely. I've never seen a braided one. When I was little I called pansies..."teddy bear flowers" ...if you look at one upside down they are teddy bear shaped. :)

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    1. i like pansies better now that i've heard them called "teddy bear flowers" lol i see it now that you've pointed it out. thx! :)

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  5. Lovely display. I love the bamboo plant. I have one near a window (no braiding though) and I hope mine will survive the bitter cold too-I can only keep the house so warm :) It's the only living plant I have not destroyed in the house. I'm thinking I might need another of these-and maybe even a succulent-I hear you can't kill those :):) Happy T day!

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    1. i'm becoming an expert on plants that can't be killed lol: mother-in-law tongue, for example. i had one survive a winter in our garage one year. i love that plant :)

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  6. I've never really gardened so I learned something new. :)
    Cute cup and I don't think I've ever seen braided bamboo--but a bit of green IS so nice in the winter. Hope it survives! :)
    Happy T-Day!

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    1. i think it'll like it better once things warm up. so will i! :)

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  7. I've seen elaborately braided bamboo like that which I am sure takes patience in training it to go the way the grower wishes. It certainly adds a nice touch of color to a dreary winter day!

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    1. i would think it would be a labor-intensive process to get it to grow this way. it is a fun plant to look at.

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  8. Your pansy cup is so pretty, and the braided bamboo has great texture.

    It's nice that your piano teacher encouraged you to draw. Is drawing supposed to help with music skills, or was it just an activity you could do quietly during your sister's lesson?

    Happy T Day (evening)!

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    1. mrs. evans believed in being well-rounded. she also had us memorize poetry for recitation. she rode a bicycle for transportation into old age. she was a real character :)

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  9. Beautiful pansy cup. The bamboo plant is kept in so many houses in India as it is believed to bring good fortune.
    Have a great week.

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    1. good fortune is always nice :)

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  10. Pansies are one of my favourite flowers and seem to keep coming up in the garden.

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    1. they are certainly popular around here. the blooms stand up to our winters.

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  11. Pansies are a cheerful little flower but I've never had good luck growing them. They are supposed to last thru the winter but mine don't. I prefer their little cousins, Johnny Jump Ups.

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    1. they look a lot like pansies. i'm not sure i'd recognize the difference just walking past a bed of them.

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  12. Mom's favorite flowers are pansies. She has a very similar cup. We often grow pansies but get those little 6 packs of starter plants, haven't tried growing them from seed.

    Darla

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    1. the seeds are trickier, i think. i've grown some flowers from seeds but only perennials.

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