V is for Viola

This is my post for the letter V in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge.  My theme is plants.

The viola family includes pansies and violets. Pansies are some of my favourite flowers. They are cheerful and almost seem to have faces.  According to William Shakespeare

Pansies are for thoughts.

Violas
Violas

I don’t know a great deal about the “language” of flowers, but William Shakespeare evidently did.

Pansies are able to flower at most times in the year, depending on when the seeds are planted. We find they grow best in pots, rather than having to compete with the perennials we grow in the flowerbeds.
In case you are interested in musical instruments a viola (pronounced differently) is a larger instrument than a violin. My A to Z theme in 2014 was musical instruments.

Just a thought!

There is also a character in a play  (Twelfth Night) by Shakespeare with the name Viola.

There are very short posts on Sue’s Trifles for the A to Z in April Challenge.

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R is for Rosemary

This is my post for the letter R in the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge.  My theme is plants.

Rosemary, that’s for remembrance.

Rosemary is grown as a herb. It complements lamb. The flowers are rather insignificant. It is easily propagated from cuttings taken early in the year.
Like some of my earlier flowers – Iris and Poppy – Rosemary is a girls’ name. Fern is also used as a name, as is one of my choices for later letters.

Rosemary
Rosemary

The obvious choice for R is perhaps Rose, which I mentioned briefly in my post for H. It too is a girl’s name.

William Shakespeare (whose death in 1616 is being commemorated this year) mentioned A Rose (by any other name) and Rosemary (that’s for remembrance). We’ll meet him again in my post for the letter V.  Any guesses?

There are very short posts on Sue’s Trifles for the A to Z in April Challenge.