Planting Pansies

April is sometimes a very in-between time in the garden. In-between weather, in-between color, in-between visitors. The daffodils and forsythia provide a welcome splash of yellow, but the tulips aren’t up yet. The cherry tree is weeks away from blooming. Where can I find more color?


Many of my regular activities have been curtailed due to some back issues, but yesterday I was determined to plant pansies by the mailbox. There’s something about their heart-shaped faces that are so cheery and welcoming. They are also edible with a minty flavor, although I have never eaten any. At the garden center I chose deep purple and soft yellow (even though I already have lots of yellow in the back). Those shades just seem to go together.

Wiggly worms scurried for safety as I gently removed the withered chrysanthemums. The soft earth gave way easily to my spade. I was careful not to disturb the few emerging Tete-a-Tete daffodils already residing in that space. I tapped the containers, massaged the roots, and before long my planting was done. I hope I can keep the flowers blooming, although the hot summer may prove to be too much for these cool-weather lovers.

Pansies are a symbol of thoughts. Most of what is delivered to my mailbox are advertising flyers and bills. But occasionally there is a card or letter from a friend, perhaps an invitation, or if I’m very lucky – a book! Someone sending their thoughts into the world. Yes, I think a spot by the mailbox for pansies is perfect!


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4 Responses to Planting Pansies

  1. arjeha says:

    Your post makes me want to go out and do some planting around the post we have in the front of our yard, Rose. Usually we just but seed packets, scatter them, and see what takes hold, Kathy is a fan of pansies, but we haven’t seen any around here yet. When we do I know we will buy some.

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  2. margaretsmn says:

    You had me right there with you planting pansies. I did some planting a few weeks ago and am enjoying the bright colors. I am hoping to attract butterflies.

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  3. Karen says:

    Just love this, Rose! So many intriguing thoughts. 💐

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  4. Yes I love pansies, all spring flowers are so pretty and heartwarming after winter, but pansies are special! Love how you wrote your post and the thoughts behind it!

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