The Indomitable Pansy

The only pansies we’ve had past the month of June were the dead kind.

If not dead, then seriously bedraggled.

That’s why I stopped planting them each spring, and always planted other stuff instead.

Blog Photo - Potted plants and front door

Annual plants that last longer. Like blue salvia, pink snapdragons and ivy.

Blog Photo - Potted plants - one pot

But our landscaper friend Blaine brought us some bulbs and pansies to put in pots in early May.

Container planting is the only gardening I do these days, so I was happier than a pig in mud.

Blog Photo - pansies - blue CU

The hyacinth and daffodils bloomed heartily and died back. But the pansies kept blooming.

Blog Photo - Pansies Galore

And blooming.

Blog Photo - Pansy yellow

Blog Photo - Pansies on verandah - two pots

The rain beat the flowers down, but they’d spring back soon after.

Blog Photo - Pansies on ledge

Mid-July and they’re still blooming.

So here’s to the indomitable Pansy.

Blog Photo - Pansies Blue

Blog Photo - Pansy white CU

Long may you live!

For fascinating facts about the pansy, or viola:



Filed under A Good Home, Container Gardening, Flowers, Gardening

53 responses to “The Indomitable Pansy

  1. Beautiful! I’m glad they worked out for you.

  2. So pretty, I love the blue ones with their dear little kitten faces.

  3. Wonderfully bright colors on those pansies! I especially like the blue ones. I’m glad they’re thriving for you this year Cynthia. 🙂

  4. Cynthia, I loved Pansies and Violas when I lived further north – I think you might have some Violas there. Search Sorbet Mix Viola and see if that’s it. Some places with more shade it is easier to grow Violas.

  5. Gorgeous potted colour. Pansies are a winter flower in NZ. It never ceases to amaze me how they thrive in the cold and wet.

  6. I’ve never seen pansies do that. Usually the heat will knock the wind out of their sails and if you’re lucky they might bloom again in the fall.

  7. When I lived in The Netherlands I always had pots full of pansies, almost all year round. I could not keep them happy in Canada or Ohio, maybe they care more for colder and less sunny conditions? Yours are doing fine now! xo Johanna

  8. Beautiful, Cynthia! I just love the purple/blue 😀

  9. Margaret Mair

    Your pansies (and violas?) made me smile. So much colour, and they look so happy and healthy. Long may they last!

  10. I love pansies very much and often grow them in pots to flower on milder days during the winter. Even more than pansies I love violas and best of all are the little tiny heart’s-ease we have growing wild. I am so pleased you have found a way of keeping your pansies flowering this summer. This is such a heart-warming post Cynthia!

    • Hi Claire: they have such sweet little faces, don’t they?
      I didn’t find a way to keep them blooming – I think it’s the rainy and mostly cool weather this spring that did it. But hot weather is here now, so we’ll see how they do!

      • They flower in phases. If you trim them back and get rid of any seed-heads, give them a feed and water well they should re-flower again. I love their little faces too. I sometimes think I’ve lost all my violas and heartsease but they produce so much seed that once the conditions are right I find new plants growing all over the place. Even pansies which are a little more delicate will seed and new plants will grow.

      • Good to know this, Clare. Thank you.

      • My pleasure Cynthia 🙂

  11. Ah, the persistence of pansies……they triumph over travails.

  12. I still have pansies looking good, too (in upstate New York). I moved them into dappled shade and they seem to like it.

  13. Blaine Herrmann

    I had the same experience this year and kept waiting for them to finish so I could plant my summer flowers. This week I finally couldn’t wait any longer and moved them to the back as they weren’t going to give up! Glad you can keep yours as is!

  14. All lovely to me Cynthia ~

  15. Now that conveyed to me better than temperature numbers how cold it is in Toronto! I grew up where winters are cold (to me anyway – Kansas) and our pansies were always gone by May.

    • Hi Aggie:
      And then came yesterday and today: hot, hot weather! I was going around groaning and saying: “I didn’t come to Canada for scorching weather!” Which just proves that I’m really Canadian – complaining even about the ‘nice’ warm weather.

  16. A visit to your garden is always a pleasure, Cynthia. They’re beautiful.

  17. Cynthia, I love it when a plant keeps on giving and giving. Pansies are flowers that smile. 🙂 I miss the little Johnny-Jump-ups I had at our old garden. Now you’ve got me planning a trip to a local nursery (I’ll bring my camera too). May your flower pots continue to overflow with joy all summer and fall.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  18. I’ve never planted pansies for the same reasons as you, Cynthia. But, I’m going to remember this next year and give them a go. All of your flowers are beautiful!

  19. I love pansies, but the slugs were making a meal of mine until I put broken eggshells around them. Now they’re thriving and I can’t see anything else that the slugs have eaten. I guess the eggshells drove them from the garden. 🙂 Fingers crossed.

  20. My mother had some very dark pansies, velvety brown. There is an amazing variety of them. A neat flower.

  21. I’ve never had bad experiences with pansy. Usually, you plant them in spring, and you have flowers several times a year, even if rains a lot or if it’s really dry. Maybe it’s important to buy good one at the beginning.

  22. I plant boatloads of pansies every spring, but usually pull them out in summer. In a cool year they can last until fall, when they become reenergized. I’ve seen them survive a mild winter as well.

  23. As I look at the near-dead flowers in baskets hanging on my porch, I realized I need heartier ones that can withstand my southern exposure. Any suggestions? Yours are gorgeous.

  24. I plant my pansy seeds in February. I love them in the garden and not sure if this happens to everyone but every year, I get a few plants that pop up all over my garden without having planted them. I think the seeds scatter and blow. Mine are all in full bloom right now as well and add the happy pop of yellow and purple all over the garden!

    • Me too. And this year I have the same thing happening, plus snapdragons that have grown in cracks in the concrete steps and walkway. The snaps are now blooming a lovely pink. These fell from the pots on the verandah.

  25. What a wonderful surprise! Pansies are so pretty and have this air of youth and optimism. I like your planting of blue salvia and pink snap dragons. Do the snap dragons have a sweet fragrance? I have smelled some in the past that did.

  26. You can never go wrong with pansies, and nowadays, as we see in yours, they come in more colors and variations than ever. When Spring first wakes up here, but it’s still too chilly for flowers to grow, I put a big basket of silk pansies at my front door – hoping they’ll make Spring come in a little faster!

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