I have a little Tunstall pansy jug which obviously has to be filled with pansies. In French pansies are called ‘Pensées’ and perhaps this is where the word pansy comes from.
I have often wondered why they are called ‘Pensées’, they don’t look very pensive to me. They have dear little faces and look bright and jolly, but if they were people I imagine they would be a bit vacuous; nice but dim.
Perhaps the name means they inspire thoughtfulness in the beholder, rather than being thoughtful themselves. With this in mind, it seems appropriate to display them with the book, ‘Pensées‘ which is the work of the great, seventeenth- century, mathematician and philosopher, Blaise Pascal.
When he wasn’t occupied with mathematics, philosophy and science, Pascal came up with some half-baked religious theories. The famous Pascal’s Wager seems particularly asinine to me and morally dubious.
But there is one quotation from Pascal which is a favourite of mine. ‘All of humanity’s problems arise from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone’. If he had been English instead of French, he would probably have added…’with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit.’
But much as I like his theory, the weather at the moment is too beautiful to sit in rooms alone. Outside is where we need to be, enjoying the glorious sunshine.
No, it hasn’t been snowing; these are petals from the Pianist’s favourite tree. Here it is; the big, blowsy and rather vulgar ‘Pink Knicker Blossom Tree’.
I am showing my pansy vase today, to join in with the Cathy at ramblinginthegarden whose meme ‘In a Vase on Monday’ is becoming ever more popular. Do go over there and see other bloggers’ vases.
By the way Pansies are called ‘Stiefmütterchen‘ in German. Which means: ‘Little Stepmothers.‘