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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Autumn Pansies



It's time to shuffle the containers at Garden on Sherlock Street.  The houseplants are inside for winter.  I then shuffle the remaining outside containers to fill in the gaps this causes.

This year, I purchased pansies for the fall for the first time.  The tag 'guarantees' they will survive winter and bloom again in the spring.  We'll see.
  
I'm going to leave my purple fountain grass containers outside this winter (the grass always dies, but it'll be more interesting to have the dry grass sitting there than nothing this winter).  I've tucked the container of pansies in between where I used to have a clay container (clay can't stay outside here in the winter.)  


Grow pansies, grow!

14 comments:

  1. I love pansies and violas. They are so colorful; remind me of butterflies. In GA, we can put them in the ground late Oct. They do well until about May. Our secret here it to plant them on a small mound of dirt. They are very popular at business park and subdivision entrances. Good Luck.

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  2. I love fall pansies and always plant them -- most times they survive the winter but not always -- a lot depends on how really cold it gets and how little moisture (either rain or snow) we get.

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  3. I love those "faces" on the pansies. Such a bright touch of color. Heck, even if they don't survive the winter, it's nice to enjoy them for the fall!

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  4. Pansies are such pretty little things. Looks good with your containers there and you're right, the grasses might as well give you some Winter interest.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  5. Pansies are the best for fall and winter and spring! Good for you for being up on it.

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  6. Pansies are a tough plant. I never understood why a weak person would be called a pansy. To me that would be a statement of strength and endurance, don't you think? Pansies are the first flower out in the spring and the last flower to succumb to freezing temperatures in the fall. They really don't like hot weather too well. I've never had any carry over to spring but then I never really tried to protect them from the some times harsh winter here in Nebraska. We did get some much needed rain but the gardens are done here. The tomatoes have stopped getting ripe and all the other plants are drying up. I guess it must be time to start cleaning up the garden and putting things away for the long winter slumber. I'm ready for it.

    Have a great fall flower color day.

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  7. We plant pansies each fall, and they usually do well. It's wonderful to have those angel-face blossoms in the early Spring before other flowers start to bloom.

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  8. Yes!!! Time for the fall plants:) Best time of year:)

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  9. If pansies survive winter in my zone 3 garden they will survive winter in your garden :) I agree with David, they're definitely tough!

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  10. I buy and plant winter Pansies here every year---and except for one year when it was bitter cold for a long long period of time, they did fine. I don't know about where you are though since your winters are much worse than ours. Guess you'll find out after this year! Good Luck.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  11. I have some pansies that survived summer, and are now blooming again. I am not ready for winter yet!

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  12. Now that WILL be interesting to see if those pansies survive the winter! I don't bring anything in and have mostly hearty perennials here. Only a blue aster didn't survive last winter...

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  13. When I lived in NH the pansies came back and the clumps would become larger over the years. There are a few plants here that will have to be moved inside as well. My Christmas cacti. My Bay leaf plant and my Bleeding Heart vine. Everything else stays outside here. We have new lettuce growing and it's a beautiful shade of green.

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