I can’t imagine a spring salad without historic pansies gracing my plate.,,,
I have been growing old-fashioned pansies (historic pansy growing with Chard 2014) in our Urban Potager for many years. I have grown a variety of other pansies. and the colors and faces could never compete with these dainty beauties.I usually pair them with my spring vegetables. This spring I mixed them with Coreopsis “Mahogany Midget,” Alyssum, two types of Kale, Cilantro, and Red Romaine lettuce. They make me smile every time I walk by their garden bed.
This historic pansy mix is available from Baker Creek + Seed Savers Exchange. I plan on saving seeds from my favorite colors this year. A few years ago there was only one place that sold the historic pansy mix! They were in a package of only 25 and the thought of not seeing their beautiful faces each spring would be something I dearly miss! I will let them stay in this bed this year and see if they reseed. I have had no luck in having them reseed in our weather, but you never know.
A potager is flowers, herbs and vegetables mixed together to create an attractive edible garden. I love mixing all the textures; I am enjoying Red Russian + Lacinato Kale mixed with the pansies this year.
The Red Russian Kale mixed with flowers adds contrast in our edible garden bed. This bed would be suitable for a front yard in the city. I will see how it lasts throughout the growing season. Our intense humid, summer heat can be difficult for many of our plants. This summer may be a bit cooler than usual. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
The colors are so unusual, and their faces are intricately detailed.They are like little presents from the garden for the mix always surprises you from year to year as to which colors will show up.
I am enjoying the colors in this mix for 2015. Next year, I will start a bed just for seed saving to see if I can get a mix of these from my garden for future plantings. I will always have these in our garden even if the seed companies don’t feel they are worth saving.
To me when they are floating in a garden they look like a “living” watercolor painting
According to Dr. James Duke ( author of The Green Pharmacy) pansies are an outstanding source of bioflavonoid rutin( read more about rutin). If you eat pansies, it will “lessen your susceptibility not only to bruising but also to glaucoma, hemorrhoids, and varicose veins.” He claims more rutin will be found in the white and yellow pansies and less in the blue /violet colors. Pretty interesting that we can take care of some of our ailments with beautiful flowers in our vegetable beds!