Here in North Carolina we plant our pansies in the fall.
They look so nice with all of the other fall foliage.
They hang in there throughout the winter, although they may not look very pretty.
In February I start feeding them a watered down liquid plant food.
With a bit of deadheading and snipping off leaves that were battered by the winter weather, they respond quickly with new growth. Then when the air begins to warm they put on a spectacular show of color. By Easter they are in their glory once again and look equally at home amongst the spring blooming foliage as they did in the fall.
The container above was planted last weekend.
A little later than I usually plant them.
The thoughts of staring at a big container full of dirt all winter was not appealing, but I was afraid I had waited too long and the selection would be scant.
Not to worry, a quick stop at the local Walmart garnered every plant in the container. Best of all they were all on clearance. Woot!
Sometimes it pays to procrastinate ;D.
So, for today, I am not only thankful for pansies, I am especially thankful for deeply discounted pansies.