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!

Year of Grace, Day 149. Fiery clouds and cheeky faces

After the rain yesterday afternoon, the sky put on such a mesmerizing performance. In the space of a few minutes, it turned from dark, looming and rather ominous to airy, delicate pastels. The photos below are as they were taken — no editing or tweaking.

And as the clouds drifted off from west to east and twilight fell, the violas flashed me their charming, cheeky grins. All’s well.