LOL Blossom. It all evens out over the course of the year. You have many months where you will be the one with the pansies in bloom, and all I get to do is look at your pictures and be patient. The nurseries are offering pansies in very limited supplies this winter for some reason. It may have something to do with this past October and November being unusually warm. You have to be at the right place at the right time to find some interesting ones. They all are carrying way too many impatiens. Just rows and rows of them.
No, I don't have a pond, but there probably are many plants that could be grown in one down here. The only negative with a pond, in South Florida, is the enormous number of mosquitoes you would have. Mosquito populations are extremely bad here, especially in the summer rainy season. We're constantly reminded to remove our standing water since mosquitoes generally live within 100 yards from their breeding ground.
We have mosquito infestations in the summer because its our tropical rainy season and there is always standing water. The city has these large trucks that regularly go trough the neighborhoods in the summer to spray for mosquitoes.
They would look very good together. Nice color combination. I removed some yellow pansies today because the color didn't work with the other colors in the area. Replaced them with a mixture of purple, pinkish.white, and blue pansies. Looks much better now. The yellow was too LOUD.
So ok, I sowed to my large mum and viola box on the viranda, some blue pansies, some Sorbet and Cutey, Madame Steele and johnies. Also mixed some seeds in the three pots that look like my deltas are gonna make it... So something should eventually pop up!
When is the best time to start pansies and violas? I have read in the summer, but it is so warm here until November, and then it snows! I guess I should have started them in January, but I was late in ordering seeds, as this will be the first year I have grown them from seed.
I experimented w/ pansies and violas last year and sowed some Oct/Nov. They sprouted good then got hit by snails then we had temptes in teens. They're still out there and blooming but really small plants. I received and sowed Velour Frosted Chocolate as a bonus in a trade in late Dec.and I sowed them in Dec. and even though they're still small,they look way better than the first ones I sowed. Pansies and violas poop out on us in June so I was hoping to get a jump on them for longer color...didn't work. I'm planting them out today and hope they will start looking better.
Wow, BB! You really have a lot of seeds...I thought that I had too many...have you sown a little of every single one that you have already this year?
Now that I know seeds will keep a lot longer than I ever dreamed, I will not stress over what did not get done, and focus on what should be planted now. I was afraid that if I sow my beautiful pansies now, they will not grow the best. Still, I may experiment with just a few seeds, after I have sown everything that should be sown now.
What about sweet violet? I have some seeds, but at the same time, I see many of them in the garden are blooming their "heads off' right now...
My pansies and violas lasted until late July. That was really it for them, even though they were hanging in there, they did not look so pretty towards the end of the season. Best to start some more in a few weeks.