Thursday, February 12, 2009

Italian Pansies

Italian Pansies
Viola x wittrockiana

The Pansies have been blooming here like crazy and the colors and shades seem to be endless. These purple with yellow and ruffled edges looked really attractive. This was just one of the many varieties Sea World had planted in their extensive gardens. The annual plantings were astounding, as was the $65 admission price. We were able to get a two visit for the price of one ticket (per person) so to make it worthwhile we will be going back to photograph some more flowers and animals.

Small picture of the gardens at Sea World

We have been hanging out a lot in La Jolla and that seems to be my favorite neighborhood. It reminds me of Westport and Greenwich Connecticut combined although it is a little more densely settled. Yesterday we went to the Birch Aquarium in La Jolla and it was a nice little place. I will probably post some pictures of that tomorrow. Today we are cleaning the house as we have some guests arriving from Sacramento and then on Tuesday another one of my brothers and his girlfriend are going to be staying a week.

The weather hasn’t been postcard perfect but its not bad either. A big storm is expected for the weekend.

Red-bellied Piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri)


i beati said...

are Italian pansies typically more fluffy??Never seen before Ranaculas above gorgeosu..How's your dog??

Judy said...

I have never seen pansies with ruffles like these!!

Anonymous said...

I sure would like to know where I might get some of those Italian Pansy seeds. Will buy or trade some great Sweet Pea seed; the latter are much easier to handle as they are larger and need soaking in H20 overnight for enhanced germination - and boy are they most magnificently odiferous! Great smell. Here in No. California (Lodi) both seeds may be plated now I would also like to get some seeds of those pansies in yellow monochrome with great little faces. Mine (a dwarf variety) bloomed all summer (still are!) despite the summer heat! Tough little guys!!