In February, I plant pansies in the garden
I adore pansies
They're the flower that smiles back at you!
They thrive in the armillary planter in the herb garden
(I've added some Indian summer petunias a few weeks ago -- that's the yellow)
But, alas, with the heat they begin to grow leggy . . .
Pansies don't like heat!
They're a spring and fall plant on the prairie
My ritual . . . candying them
I harvest a tray full -- all shapes, colors, sizes
With a bowl of egg white and a saucer of sugar, a couple of brushes used just for this ritual,
and a parchment lined tray
I paint egg white on the pansies and then dip them in the sugar
And lay them on the parchment paper to dry
To decorate cakes and cupcakes in the winter
The armillary . . . .
In it's summer mode --
this year, the Indian Summer petunias
And some deep purple salvia
Oh, I've not sugared pansies in years so thanks for the reminder of what to do when they begin to wilt in summer's heat. Do you do anything besides sugaring them to preserve them through winter? I've always had need to use them immediately and never even considered storing them.
I put them in a tin layered with waxed or parchment paper. Sometimes I lose a few petals so only have half a pansy but if I'm putting it on top of a cupcake, I often can "piece" it together so it's not really a loss.
I also like panises and had them planted in my garden in my previous house. I miss them so much. Your idea for their use in decorating cup cakes is brilliant. Good idea and thanks for sharing.
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I place them in a tin layered with a wax or material paper. Once in a while I lose a few petals, accordingly just half pansy happens yet in the event that I keep it on a cupcake, at that point I can "piece" it together, so it isn't generally hurt.
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