Year of Grace Day 171. Nature’s palette follows no rules

Tricolor pansy, also known as Johnny jump up

Tricolor pansy, also known as Johnny jump up

The tricolor pansy – also known as Johnny jump up — is such a small flower that it rarely gets noticed. It deserves resounding accolades for having such an extraordinary colour palette! And as well for its lovely scent, which I only discovered, quite by accident this year, when I planted these Johnny jump ups outside our bedroom. Not surprising actually once I remembered that the pansy and the sweet-scented violet belong to the same family, Viola ☺.

Sweet pea 'Matucana' -- ancestor of all modern sweet peas

Sweet pea ‘Matucana’ — ancestor of all modern sweet peas

The sweet pea is another flower whose colour mixtures are truly scintillating, in particular the one from which all modern sweet peas are descended – the Matucana. And it has such a heady scent! It is such a pleasure to work in the garden with the sweet peas’ perfume wafting about!

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