This little guy bloomed in the sunshine even though the weather was still bouncing above and below freezing. It's a lot smaller than I thought it would be, the open flower is only about as wide as a quarter.
|Day 22, the first bloom - it opened in the sun briefly but then closed overnight|
|March 28, 2015|
|Another one getting ready to go, March 29, 2015|
The pansies, technically Viola X wittrockiana 'Matrix Citrus Mix' were looking a little wilty, but perked right up with some water (except for the ones in the container, which are taking a little longer to perk).
|Instantly gives me something to look at other than a dirt pile|
|I got them in the ground right away before we were out the door to dinner|
I wasn't planning to buy annuals for myself, but the splash of green, orange, and yellow at least makes the yard look alive and is a nice change of pace from the unseasonably cold weeks. I also didn't realize pansies were so tough when it comes to cold, they just wilt and come right back in the sun. My parents say they should bloom for about a month and then die right as the other perennials in my yard are emerging - so it will be nice to have some overlap there.
I think next year if I do annuals in the early spring, I'm going to do a LOT to make a statement because a few here and there looks kinda wimpy.