Yeah, yeah – West Hollywood is full of pansies. Forget the cheap joke. It really is full of pansies, and these are curbside on San Vicente.
These are absurd flowers – quite silly looking. But before the cultivated pansy had been developed they were known as Heartsease (Heart's Ease) – and in this tale or that used in love potions. And there's the folklore – like Ophelia's line in Hamlet (Act IV, Scene V) – "There's pansies, that's for thoughts." You see, if a maiden found a honeyflower and a pansy left for her by an admirer that meant "I am thinking of our forbidden love." Of course Ophelia was going quite mad at the time.
And these are also a little ragged around the edges, as it had rained hard overnight.