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Street Flowers

street pansystreet poppy

I love coming across a random self seeded flower where I least expect to see one.

When I saw this pansy and poppy the Oscar Wilde quote “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”  popped into my head.

It’s part of the lyrics of the Pretenders song Message Of Love – and before I knew it I was humming the tune as I continued on my walk down the road.

A Pansy Gown & Velvet Petals

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

I have made several attempts to establish a pansy patch in my garden. Finding a spot that gets enough sun but doesn’t attract my dog to sit on it has been the challenge and finally I seem to have succeeded, planting them around the foot of my dogwood tree and getting more than enough to pick some for my Garden Fairy’s Wardrobe.

I particularly love the rich purple and burgundy ones – the petals look so velvety.

My earliest memory of pansies is actually of a small bunch of faux ones made of velvet that my sister and I played with at my grandmothers house. I am not sure if they originally adorned a lapel or the waistline of a dress or of what vintage they would have been.

From La Droguerie on rue du Jour in Paris I bought these gorgeous flowers they’re not really pansies but they did remind me of that vintage posy I was so fond of as a child.

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

© Sandra Alcorn 2013

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