Posted on 02 April 2010 by

Plant Duality – Flowering Kale, Ornamental Cabbage and Pansies (Part 2)

pansiesBy By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Read Part 1 of 2-part article.


These lovely plants are one of my favorites and bring memories flowing back about my great-grandmother’s garden.

Every Easter her yard was full of voila, which are a pansy, and flower boxes full of Johnny Jump Ups and pansies.

Every fall painted the same picture with the coolness of the up coming winter.

Now days I plant pansies as a way of treating my gardening itch inexpensively. But again my frugal nature demands duality in my plants and pansies play that part. They provide a splash of color to my garden and create a colorful backdrop to my annual Tea Party for my daughter.

The first time I had my daughter’s Tea Party the guest were surprised by what decorated the delicate treats we had for the guests. Petite-fours and cakes were decorated with icing and sugared edible flowers. This process is not hard nor really time consuming but the memories it creates are worth the effort. But please keep in mind these pansies need to be CHEMICAL AND PESTICDE FREE so purchase from a reliable source.

Crystallize Pansies



  • Pansies picked in the morning if you grow your own
  • Pasteurized egg white
  • Granulated sugar
  • Paper towels
  • Spoon
  • Food safe paintbrush
  • Wax or parchment paper
  • Airtight container
  1. Wash flowers gently and pat dry. Let them air dry completely on paper towels.
  2. Paint egg wash on flowers using paintbrush. HINT to hold the pansies use a tweezers.
  3. Sprinkle with sugar or place on a plate and coat each side of flower.
  4. Shake off extra sugar and place on wax or parchment paper in a dry warm spot for 1 hour or until dry.
  5. Once dry place in an airtight container. These crystallize pansies will keep for a couple of days.

So if your gardening elbow or itch won’t stop and money is tight think about plants that provide duality. These plants will color your world; improve your visual perspective while filling your plate with earthy goodness that is elegant enough for the Queen.

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