Last September, I planted some pansies and some ornamental kale and cabbage in a wooden tub next to a post with a birdhouse/feeder on it. We can see the tub from our kitchen window, and I hoped that the plantings would give us some winter color. The kale and cabbage didn’t last through the winter, but the pansies have been amazing! Yes, they gave us a bit of winter color, and then they really took off in the spring, were glorious in the early summer, and have lasted (although looking very tired and haggard now) through the heat of summer to reach Fall again.
I’m going to replace those hardy pansies in the next few days. We’ve got some other plans for that tub this winter. But it’s been a delightful year watching those pansies, and the birds, cats, and squirrels that also enjoy that tub outside the kitchen window!