For centuries, pansy images have adorned postcards and wallpaper, china and linens, fabric and artwork. When I was a child, pansies led the flower parade in my mother's garden every spring. And, since my childhood, pansies have remained a favorite of mine.
This past weekend, I picked up several treasures at a couple of estate sales. One was a large, handmade tool caddy. When I grabbed it, I planned to use it in the garden later this spring--after the threat of frost is long past. But, I kept wishing I could plant flowers in it now, to bring some much-needed relief from the dreary gray, cold days we've had the past several weeks.
Wait! Why not? This is the perfect weather for the sweet and sassy countenance of the pansy.
The rough and rugged tool caddy makes a substantial planter.
Despite its well-worn exterior, the classic caddy gives a warm welcome to these pretty pansies.
A lovely touch of spring. The only touch of spring in our neck of the woods.