26 January 2016

Pretty Pansy Faces

Pansies are one of my favourite winter flowers, 
I plant some every autumn.
I love their flowers heads they remind me of smiley faces
 This year I put two troughs on the south side of the house 
and they were safely sheltered from our storm last week. 
Troughs of pansies in full bloom.
Early morning photo taken from the window.
these are dwarf pansies

 and we've been enjoying seeing them in flower for some time.

Then after a view days of warm sunshine 
  the tête à tête daffodils quickly came into bloom.

These tête à tête  daffodils are from a few years ago,

 I planted them a little later, than the others.

Last year I planted them in hanging baskets.

after they've finished flowering, I store them in a plant pot in the shed.  
I found a few more that had been forgotten,they'd already started to shoot .
so while the sun was shining I quickly shoved them into a trough.
Can't really call that gardening.can I ? at the moment.
I'm sorry to say it, but I'm not very enthusiastic .
Do you ever get like that ?
 please tell me it's not just me.

Thought I'd show you a few my pansy paintings
that I've made into cards.

they were painted a few years ago. 

I thought if I looked at some of my paintings
it might give me some encouragement, to start again.
I've set up a trestle table, found my sketch books and paper !
So ... until my next post, when ever that will be, I might surprise you.
Might be paintings or progress in the garden.

à bientôt

Barbara Lilian


  1. Their faces sperk me up to!!

    So pretty!! I still have a way to go..I am grateful for paints and paper:)

  2. Your pansies are gorgeous Barbara - as are your daffodils! You've done well to keep them safe from the weather. Last year, I had the most prolific and extended flowering season of my violas EVER. In fact, I still have a couple of self-sown ones bravely flowering now even in the height of summer.
    Your pansy cards are lovely - hopefully you will be inspired to paint again soon!
    Yes, I certainly have times when I have total apathy for my greatest creative passions. It is disconcerting but it will definitely pass.

  3. Good Afternoon Barbara, Oh I'm sorry to hear you are in the doldrums. I have to say I think it is the time of year. Dark mornings, dark nights and here in the north of England I think it would be fair to say a lot of grey dark days.... but when I saw the photos of your pansies and your daffodils, well I could not help but smile.... it is lovely to see so much colour at this time of year. My Tete-a-Tete daffodils don't even have shoots and the pansies I planted in the autumn, well you can hardly see them.
    Now you know I think you are an amazing artist and your pansies are fabulous. I love the one you framed in the little plant pots.... just gorgeous.
    .... and what about that incredible jig saw you and Mr France completed, it was amazing.... so much patience.
    The warm weather will soon be around in your part of the world and you'll be so happy spending time in your garden.
    My advice for the doldrums, eat a piece of chocolate.... well I would say that wouldn't I, because you know me, I can never say no to a piece of chocolate and if your like me, that will put a smile on your face.
    Take care.
    With love and best wishes.

  4. In the midst of my SNOW WORLD
    glimpses of
    Feels like instant
    Helps Too!

  5. Beautiful spring flowers i can't wait...have a Nice week love Ria x

  6. Your pansy paintings are gorgeous, they really made me smile on another miserable winter afternoon. Look forward to seeing more!

  7. Beautiful pansy paintings, Barbara - your flowers inspired you well. Yes, sometimes gardening isn't so much fun. Better off to find something else to do, as you have done.

  8. Your paintings are beautiful. Pansies do have such happy faces.
    I love the way you have used small slithers of slate to label your plants. I was only thinking the other day how they would make slate roofs for bird houses in our garden!

  9. Barbara, your pansies are so pretty sitting there by your window. And they're my favorite color, Purple! The yellow daffodils are such a cheerful flower, aren't they? It's been raining here, so all my roses have stopped blooming. I can't wait to see their faces again. wow, your paintings are so soft and lovely. You sure do have a talent, Barbara, so please keep painting. I bought my son a paint set for Christmas, so I hope he starts with something soon.

    Loved reading your comment today. Hopefully you will get more friendly people showing kindness in the new year.

    love, ~Sheri

  10. The pansies are a beautiful pop of colour to my eyes. And your paintings are so pretty! I love the soft colours of them. Beautiful! Enjoy the weekend and your painting.

  11. Lovely pansies!
    I hope your Holiday season was a good one....
    Happy New Year.....

  12. Although I know it takes time out of your day, I do hope that you start your painting again...I think you are very talented.


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