"Jove's own floweret where three colours meet."
If Pansies and Violas are to be grown specially for this purpose, varieties should be selected which produce flowers with long stems and are clear and distinct in colour. The blooms should always be gathered in the early morning and placed for an hour or two in jars of water in a cool, shady position. This will cause them to become stiff and firm and much more easily handled. Pansies and Violas associate well with almost any light, green foliage, but nothing is so suitable as their own foliage when that can be procured bright and fresh and of good colour. A number of strong-growing seedlings are often cultivated for their foliage alone, and this practice is to be recommended, as there is then no necessity to cut from choice varieties. There are no receptacles so suitable for table adornment as clear glass or crystal vases, and these should be rather short and wide. A most appropriate centre-piece may be formed with several small, rather wide, trumpet-shaped vases. The foliage sprays should be inserted first, and the flowers then placed in carefully, so as to face whatever direction is required. If some flowers have a tendency to twist about, this can be remedied by pushing a piece of thin wire up the inside of the stem and allowing it to project half an inch. This projection can usually be inserted into a piece of foliage or stem, and the flower thus retained in the desired position. Colour schemes must, of course, be worked out with what is available. In Violas, for example, charming combinations can be worked in cream and lavender; in white and dark violet; in yellow and cream; and in mauve and white. Large, fine blooms or Fancy Pansies are always admired on a table, and when well arranged no combination can be more attractive.