On my first outing since leaving hospital I bought pansies.
Mentioned in this charming book (and here) as being 'for thought', or meaning 'loving thoughts', and with Shakespeare's dramatic intentions via Ophelia's impassioned floral outpourings jauntily described here, there are indications that the pansy has long been associated with thoughtfullness.
A quick internet search on some appealingly eccentric sites (like this one) also suggest that the colour purple is associated with healing; sleep, and soothing of mental and emotional distress.
All very appropriate for the convalescing patient.
Incidentally, the very beautiful books in the above photograph, from the bottom up, are as follows:
Sue Lawrence's 'Scots Cooking' , a wonderful collection of traditional Scottish recipes, in Sue's bright and informative prose.
'A Cake Lover's Recipe Notebook' by the inimitable Jane Brocket, which is extremely pretty, inside and out, and genuinely user-friendly.
My 2014 Leuchtturm1917 diary. I am ridiculously picky about my annual diary, this format is perfect.