This week’s flower in my vase is a hardy pansy. I bought it as a plant for my hanging baskets last autumn and it has faithfully flowered ever since. I think it is Viola x wittrocciana and you can buy seeds here. Pansy faces are such cheerful little things and I particularly love the ink-like blotches on this one. The background is a dark purple mulberry silk paper which I will be stitching into a lampshade again very soon.