When I gaze upon flats of pansies and violas, I always wonder why the word pansy developed into such a negative connotation. Pansy flowers are among the strongest and loveliest of flowers. They withstand cold, and some of the newer cultivars seem to withstand heat too. Without them, my November Bloom Day post hosted by Carol of May Dreams Gardens would be very short because I would only have one photo of a flower, Antirrhinum majus ‘Montego Red,’ snapdragon. But, what a beauty it is.
This dwarf snapdragon is one I search out every spring and fall. Some of the ones I planted last spring in the new bed on the east side of the garage are still living in spite of summer’s hellish heat. I believe they got partial shade from surrounding plants, and this gave them the impetus to live. I also planted a lighter pink version of the same series of snapdragons although I can’t recall the cultivar name. They also performed well. Go figure.
Back to the pansies for I have more photos to show. Although I love that violas are so prolific, I also like the faces of the larger pansies. This year, Helen Weis of Unique By Design Landscaping told me I should plant both together. Her advice is always spot on, so I did. Right now, they are all very small plants, but their roots will grow over the fall and winter, and although battered and bruised, they will bloom the rest of spring. I’ll just pinch off the “offensive bits.” as Helen would say.
Above is my favorite pansy mix for this fall: Strawberry and Cream. I saw them waving their petals in the breeze when I drove by Under the Sun, and I was captivated. So much so, I paid a premium for these babies. I hope they are very cold hardy, but just in case, they are in the bed on the east side of the house. Safer for them and my pocketbook.
Does anyone even say “pocketbook” anymore? Probably not.
Before we go, I must show you one more from a flat Helen had. Isn’t it pretty? I can’t tell you which mix it is, but those colors, yummy.
So many colors in such interesting patterns. Pansies deserve better respect, and really isn’t that definition of the word pansy outdated too? Planting pansies for fall is power indeed.