Perhaps the amateur who only knows the Pansy as a garden flower is a little startled when he first sees a stand of prize flowers at a show. . .though much larger, rounder, thicker and more beautifully coloured than any Pansies that he has ever seen before, they will have the same bright, winning, affectionate faces.
The text is from Popular Garden Flowers, by Walter Page Wright (1911). Click here to read the book online, or to download it free from the Internet Archive.
artwork by Joanne Stanbridge 2012