Wednesday, December 07, 2005


REGENTS PARK, AGAIN


These two gorgeous Roses are from Queen Mary's Garden in Regents Park, London.
(No, we are not done with this Cotswolds/London trip, yet....at least I'm not...(lol)

The Rose Garden there is very very beautiful....and here is another picture to give you just a little bit more of a feeling about the specialness of this garden....unfortunately, pictures do not do it justice, but, at least it gives you a little bit of an idea of how very spectacular and special this garden really is....




I love the way this Rose Garden is circular, and I also love those Garlands of Roses, (if that is what you call them) and the way they are hugging the outer part of the circle over to the right there in the photo.

Everything is so beautifully manicured in this Garden, yet it is friendly and inviting and doesn't make you feel that you have to be 'formal', though it is stunningly formal. A true treasure!


One more picture from Regent's Park....


I had never seen Black Pansy's before, in my life. And, have never seen them since I saw these, there in Regent's Park. Pretty Amazing, isn't it?

I don't know if Black Pansy's are terribly rare, or possibly just not popular and that is why I've never seen them before or since....

All I do know is, they were absolutely stunning!

Have you ever seen a lot of Black Pansy's?







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24 Comments:
had this to say:

Many thanks for stopping by again, and I am enjoying your account of the UK trip. Here's a link so that you can know who George Best was.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/672852.stm

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at 11:37:00 PM PST 

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I used to grow black violas, I couldn't believe how lovely they were.
Lovely pictures...I passed by your blog last night when wandering around randomly.
The Cotswolds are lovely. Sounds as if you're having a great time.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 1:51:00 AM PST 

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I think the black pansies are probably rare - most black flowers are.

Thanks for the comment - I know that you have perfectly good reasons for not looking at my blog every couple of minutes - it was just one of those days:-)

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 2:25:00 AM PST 

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I've seen them - they are so beautiful and velvety. My Ma had some black tulips last year, too - they were wonderful.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 3:27:00 AM PST 

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Beautiful the pictures from Regent's Park!

Love also the link to Andy Hardy, I save it to read later.

Last but not least, thanks so much for your kind words today on my blog, and on all the other occasions. I always appreciate your nice visit!

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 4:21:00 AM PST 

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Beautiful the pictures from Regent's Park!

Love also the link to Andy Hardy, I save it to read later.

Last but not least, thanks so much for your kind words today on my blog, and on all the other occasions. I always appreciate your nice visit!

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 4:21:00 AM PST 

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I don't think black pansies are too terribly rare, my local greenhouse always has a ton of them, and they cost no more than the others. I always plant some in a hot pink container by the front door, so fun!

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 6:49:00 AM PST 

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I'm not sure I have seen black pansies, but black tulips I have.
I love these pictures. I love flower gardens in any capacity! The garland of roses is just a lovely sight to see. I have never seen them like that before and that's exactly what they look like; garlands! Amazing what they can create in gardens. Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures and making me long for spring again!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 7:14:00 AM PST 

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So many beautiful parks in London - I don't remember getting to Regent's Park, but we did get to a few other beautiful ones and there is definitely a reason for the English to be known for their gardens! Thanks for the lovely pictures. :)

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 8:28:00 AM PST 

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Regents Park is lovely. I seen pictures. I want to take my kids to London in the next couple of years to see all the sights. I particularly want to go to Kew Gardens... now Regents Park is on my list too.

I have never heard of black pansys I love the regular pansys they always look so happy and then they also grow when it is quite cold.

My elderly next door neighbour never knew they were called pansys she thought they were called "mickey mouse plants" Have you heard that before? I can see how they got that name.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 9:40:00 AM PST 

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I do love roses! I think there are black tulips too.

Thanks for staying tuned in. The support from the blogsphere during my recent loss has been unbelievable.

It's good to be home and to begin the internal process of mourning and healing.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 9:47:00 AM PST 

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LOL at the mickey mouse plants comment.
I used to have black pansies as well.
I am so not green thumbed though, I love to look at others gardens but mine is so full of weeds it is a disgrace.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 11:54:00 AM PST 

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i have never seen black pansies before but they sure are pretty

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 12:20:00 PM PST 

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ooo I can't wait to see the cactus pictures

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 1:11:00 PM PST 

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Pretty, pretty roses. I'm sure the garden was absolutely gorgeous. I love places like that. I have never heard of black pansies either.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 1:46:00 PM PST 

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Ohh ROSES!!! I love Roses!!! Those are gorgeous!! I think I would have a wonderful time in that garden! :)

As for the black pansy, I have seen them before, and I love them!

I am a flower fanatic...if you couldn't tell! lol

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 2:48:00 PM PST 

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Googled Black Pansies....

Viola x wittrockiana
Black Dream Pansy
This plant is the result of a cross between two wild violets. It is used in love magick and rain spells, and is said to attract love if carried. In British folklore, picking this magick herb on a sunny day will make it storm, and picking one of these blossoms with dew on it will cause the death of a loved one--pretty powerful stuff for a plant that some associate with weakness. In the language of flowers, it means "Think of me," probably from its name, which is French for thought. Magickally it can be helpful in reflecting upon a matter or for calming racing thoughts. I have seen some info listing the pansy as a Saturn herb; I am not sure why, although it does grow in partial shade and enjoy coolness. Venus works as an influence, or consider this a Pluto herb, because the bloom is black (Pluto's color) and this plant family is associated with rebirth, a Pluto quality. This would make an especially interesting flower essence. The flowers are edible and slightly sweet; use them to decorate cream cheese or cake frosting. Unlike other black flowers that are more like a very dark maroon, black pansies and black violas really look black. Try planting these pansies in the shape of a black heart, if you're feeling particularly goth. They look great mixed with dark purple pansies and make stunning pressed flowers. The blooms are 2-1/2 in/6 cm in wide on plants 6"/15 cm high. This flower is also known as Ladies Delight, Stepmother's Flower, and Wittrock's Violet.

cq

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 2:52:00 PM PST 

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Hi, thanks for stopping by my site.
When I was young my Aunt Mae raised several exotic flowers over about 3 acres of garden in central Montana. People would drive for miles to stop in to see them. It gave me an appreciation for the art.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 3:02:00 PM PST 

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Those roses and the garden are gorgeous! Yes, I have seen black pansies, but not too often. I like them - they look like velvet.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 4:34:00 PM PST 

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Those roses are beautiful, and the entire garden is stunning. I would love to see it one day.

I planted black pansies one season. We have one really neat garden center that carries them, but not every year. They really are pretty and different.

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 7:37:00 PM PST 

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we arent london, but the rose garden picture reminds me of the rose gardens in Portland, Oregon. one day if you are ever up our way you should really check them out!

Wednesday, December 7, 2005 at 11:17:00 PM PST 

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had this to say:

Love love love your stories.

It was so cold last night, and my apartment's pre-war and thus in permanent menopause. All I could do was go to sleep as it was freezing

Can't wait to move to LA for at least a six month try out period.

London's on my list of six month cities also

Your pictures are beautifula

Thursday, December 8, 2005 at 8:25:00 AM PST 

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I also have never seen the black pansy's. They are really something! And I absolutely adored those two roses from Queen Mary's garden. Quite lovely and serene... What a nice way to start my day from snowy NYC.

I love your blog! I'll be back :-)

Friday, December 9, 2005 at 4:45:00 AM PST 

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Ohmigosh ... Regent's Park! I LOVED that place! We were there the week the war started (you know, the one for the alleged search for WMDs). The roses were not in bloom then, so these pics are really a treat. Thanks!

Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 8:17:00 AM PST 

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