The name 'pansy' is derived from the French word pensée meaning "thought", and was so named because the flower resembles a human face. It is a favourite image in Victorian/Shakespeare times, in arts/crafts with needlepoint and ceramics, greeting cards and can be traced back in history as early as 4th century B.C.
The pansies in my yard have re-seeded themselves. One of the first spring annuals we can plant in our climate are pansies. They like it cool and can tolerate frost. The photos in this post are ones I took last spring as it is still a bit early for these beautiful flowers to appear.
"You must bloom where you are planted,
In the garden we call life, And bring some special beauty to Each corner where there's strife.
Perhaps you're but a dandelion, Wishing you were a rose, Yet in this place of growing things, You're the one God chose.
It's up to you to finish what The Good Lord has begun, By growing just the way you should And face the rising sun.
There's room for you, if you but choose, In a glorious array Of beauty from God's garden, that