October 10, 2009
I couldn’t stop myself from running out to the local nursery yesterday to stock up on violas, pansies and some other fall ornamentals ~ cabbage, purple sage, mums, and snapdragons. It’s still hot in Georgia, but I don’t care. I want my Autumn now! Each of these plants will survive our mild winter and be ready to show off again in the spring.
The Moon is in Cancer today, and that’s a great sign for planting, but it’s not the right Moon phase for flowers. Between Full and New Moon is the root phase. Roots will be strong, but flowers may not be as abundant as when they are planted after the New Moon. Do I dare stick these little beauties in the ground? Hmmmm. I’m talking myself out of it right now, especially since it’s raining like crazy. The Libra Moon begins on Friday the 16th, but that’s still the root phase.
When do these flowers go in the ground or their new pots? Not until Sunday the 18th. The Moon enters Scorpio at 10:23am (EST). That means I can plant in the dark of the morning and still get them in the ground during Libra for abundant flowering…if I’m nuts! The Moon is void during those last Libra hours, but I’ve never read anything about planting during void periods so it must not be important in moon gardening guidelines.
Scorpio is a very fertile sign so I’ll hold off for a week, giving Mother Nature and Lady Luna the time they need to work their magic. Best days after October 18-20th are the Pisces days, 28-30th.
Are you familiar with the Victorian Language of Flowers? Each flower carried a “secret” message. A bouquet could serve as a missive of love, just by the choice of flowers. A specific flower sent in reply could encourage a suitor or say, “Get lost, you creep,” or something to that effect. From their voiceless lips, pansies whisper “thoughts.”
“Flowers of remembrance, ever fondly sung”
~ Sarah Doudney
The name pansy comes from “pensee,” the French word for thoughts. Also known as Heart’s Ease, it was believed that you could hold on to your sweetheart’s love by carrying a pansy with you (close to the the heart, I’d bet). It was the juice of a pansy (love-in-idleness) that Puck used as a potion to make Titania fall in love with Botttom, who was transformed into an ass, in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
“The juice of it, on sleeping eyelids laid
Will make a man or woman madly dote
Upon the next live creature that it sees.”
(Act II, Scene I)
Pansies fall under the rulership of Saturn, by the way, and are also known as Johnny Jump-ups (violas), Tittle My Fancy, and Kiss Me at the Garden Gate. And you thought Saturn was so serious.
Pansies and violas are edible so you can add them to salads or candy them for use on cakes or other delicacies. Don’t eat flowers that come from the nursery, florists, or that you find growing on the side of the road. They are loaded with pesticides that you don’t want to consume. Fish emulsion is a good fertilizer if you want to go organic with your edible flowers. Enjoy these little darlings with your eyes first and then on your plate. To learn more about edible flowers, visit What’s Cooking America. For a long list of meanings from the Victorian Language of flowers, click here.
The Pansy cigarette card is courtesy of the New York Public Library Digital Gallery.