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