What can you not say in praise of the pansy or violet.
"Old blue eyes" Frank Sinatra sang already about violets, and a very sweet song it is too.
"She smiled at me so sweetly
Since then, one thought occurred,
That we fell in love completely
The day that I bought you violets for your furs".
Well, forget the furs, it is a bit cruel.
But plant some pansies and they will smile at you every day throughout the winter.
Mine seem to like it here so much they even planted themselves in my gravelly drive.
If you want to go all the way, you can also make your own violet creams, dark chocolate with a pale lilac-y- cream/violet tasting filling, while you stare out at your baskets of little pansy faces.
I have not found a recipe for this yet but if I do I will share it with you.