Monday, November 14, 2011

Our Favorite Winter Flower

Those of you who have been visiting my blog regularly for several years  know what our favorite winter flower is here in Fairfield Glade, TN....  It's our little PANSIES.   We can plant them in late Fall---and unless we have a horribly cold winter (which we usually do not),  they will last until it gets really hot here (usually July).  They start small (as in today's pictures) ---but will grow and spread ---especially in the spring...  They do provide a little color in our yard through the long winter season.

I went outside with my camera on 11/11/11 ---and took some pictures of some of our Pansies to share with you today..   The picture above shows one of THREE round flowerbeds in our front yard where our Pansies are planted.   We cannot use the entire bed because spring bulbs (Daffodils, Hyacinths, and Lilies) are all planted there.   SO---the Pansies get the outside rim and the inside rim....  Be sure to enlarge the photos to 16x10 for larger pictures.




 This  little Pansy is just so pretty.  I love the colors.





I love  this little yellow one...  I said this last year ---but can't you see the ANGELS in the Pansies?????  I am an angel collector ---so maybe, that's another reason I love Pansies.




Even though this little guy has a 'hole' in him,  you can still see the angel.... I also love the color of this one.




This little pink Pansy is diferent ---but you can still see the angel!!!!




Here is another pretty one --which is different from some of the rest of them.




Finally,  here's one of my favorite colored Pansies....  That rich 'wine-ish' color is just so pretty ---and really shows up in the flowerbed.

IF you live in Tennessee and are looking for some great winter plants,  be sure and plant some precious little Pansies!!!!!  They bring joy to us!!!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend...  I am feeling better and better.   We even went out for another little ride on Saturday ---which felt GREAT....

Hugs,
Betsy

61 comments:

Ms. A said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better. I haven't been here for years, so this is the first of your winter pansies I've seen. They are lovely!

Beth said...

Love the pansies ---wonder if they would make it here at least for a short time? It went from the 40s to a high of 68 expected today. My closet is confused as am I!
Enjoy seeing your flowers as always.

Thanks for the uplifting comments on my blog--needed them. :>)
Blessings---♥b♥

Mr. Bill said...

Pretty!! Glad to hear you are feeling better!

Arkansas Patti said...

I share your love of Pansies. My hanging baskets are all planted in them now. I bring them under the porch covering each night to protect from frost and they bloom like crazy all winter.
Those I put in ground never do well.
So glad you are mending so well. Keep up the good work.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I love Winter Pansies, and yours are looking so pretty as always.
I noticed they had them planted at the Cracker Barrel this weekend, and everyone was commenting on how they looked like they were angels on their petals ~
Glad to see you are feeling better.
~Jo

Twilight Man said...

I am learning something new today that we could grow pansies in falls! I always thought we could grow nothing in falls. How amazing nature is. I love their vibrant colors as they look like an artist's pallet. Maybe I should paint your flowers on my canvas as I have not painted for years.

Fred Alton said...

Betsy! So glad to read that you are feeling so much better and you were able to get out for another ride. I know how much you love the outdoors. You are one incredible lady with the flowers. So pretty.

Catherine said...

Pansies are such happy flowers!

I'm glad you are feeling better Betsy ~ keep up the good work!

xo Catherine

Valerie said...

Oh how I loved planting pansies in Virginia. Sadly - nothing survives the cold here except that which is deep in the ground. I am already struggling with it being dark at 5pm! Ugh 6 months of early darkness and no color. I will be depending on my friends in the south to keep the color alive and well!!

Carol@The Writers Porch said...

I love Pansies too Betsy! I'm thrilled you are on the mend!! XO

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I never realized they would last through the winter.

Peggy said...

Love the pansy! So glad you are feeling better and able to get out and about. My friend with the produce stand gave me 40 huge mums. I have been planting them here and there and giving the neighbors and friends some. They are pretty now and next fall will have the homestead glowing in fall colors.

From the Kitchen said...

I love pansies too--in the garden and in a little vase tucked around the house. I particularly love your pink one.

So glad to hear that you are feeling better and getting out!!

Best,
Bonnie

nanny said...

So glad you are feeling better and were able to go for a drive!
I love pansies and having color in the drab winter.
I usually plant violas in Jan/Feb in pots and they are beautiful until extremely hot gets here.

Sandra said...

until I started following your blog, i thought pansies only came in purple, yours come in all colors and are so beautiful. i can't pick a favorite color but I do really love that last shot.

hundredsofideas said...

I too love Pansies. Have ya'll ever planted violas? I bet you would fall for them too. I read the other day that giving a gift of a pansy to someone means you are thinking of them...

TexWisGirl said...

so glad you are getting stronger!!! glad to hear you're getting out again!

you have the most beautiful blooms in your yard. your roses, your pansies, your other flowers. all so pretty.

Kelly said...

I love little pansies too. I'm so glad to see you up and about after your illness. What an ordeal you had!

Linda@VS said...

I love pansies, too, and wish I had a green thumb like yours.

Glad you're feeling better and better.

Dorothy said...

Your Pansies are all beautiful, Betsy! I always like to plant pansies each Fall for a little color in the winter. Blessings for your complete recovery!!!!

The Incredible Woody said...

I planted some Pansies this year. First time ever! I love the pink one - I have never seen that color!

gigihawaii said...

Love the pansies! I am so glad you are feeling better, Betsy. It must have been nice to go out for a drive.

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Hi Betsy,
so glad to hear you are feeling better! Take good care of yourself!
Love the little pansies, I like all of the colors but the cheerful yellow ones are probably my favorite.
Have a wonderful day!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Betsy, Pansies are a favorite of mine. I may plant some here next Spring. My new place has no flowers or landscaping other than the wild plants on the edges of the property. Have a great day today and stay dry in coming days!

Linda said...

I love pansies, too; but I'd never noticed the "angel" in them. Thanks for pointing that out. Glad your gaining ground. I'm sure George is pampering you.

Karin said...

My fav is that burgundy pansy! Such a rich color! Still can't figure out why the pansies are called 'stepmommies' in German. Glad you're feeling better Betsy! Have a great week! Off to run some errands and back to work another week tomorrow!

Busy Bee Suz said...

I am so happy to know that you are getting out and feeling better Betsy!!!!
I adore pansies....I wish I could grow them here. Our cool season is so short though.
xo

linda m said...

Your pansies are so gorgeous. I love them!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful. I especially like the pink one. I don't think I have ever seen them in that colour before.
The only flowers blooming in southern Manitoba in winter are the ones I collected in summer and now live in my computer. LOL

Diane said...

Oh I love pansies, too, Betsy. Yours are beautiful. Rascal gave me pansies for Mother's day and they bloomed all summer, even in the extreme heat and they're STILL blooming!. I had Leonard pour mulched leaves over them for the winter. Most of them will be blooming when I move the mulch off next spring. Angels - I love that. Diane

Happyone:-) said...

Glad you're feeling better. I love your little pansies. I just might get some for the flower pots out on my deck!

Carletta said...

Lovely Betsy!
Wish my flowerbeds looked this good. :) Winds have been gusty for a few days so any cleaning outside is useless at the moment. I used to grow pansies in Virginia but haven't tried here. I should get one pot and see what happens.
Never really noticed the 'angels' till you pointed it out - very sweet.
Wonderful news that you are feeling better and getting out!

imac said...

Whos a pansy? lol.

Great colour and captures Betsy.

Susie Swanson said...

Oh my goodness, I love Pansies.. These are gorgeous. I put some out last week.. hope you're feeling better.. Blessings, Susie

Retired English Teacher said...

I should get outside and plant some pansies. They really don't grow here much past May, but I sure would enjoy them in February. Besides, I could really use some angels surrounding this house.

Hope you are getting stronger with each passing day.

Donna said...

I've never tried to overwinter pansy plants. I didn't know that they would survive the winters! I'm glad to hear that you went on a little ride this weekend. Hope you are on the mend ok. We got out for a ride too. It was so nice to shake the cobwebs out my wee noggin...

Neal said...

All are very beautiful. Of course, any flower in the winter is my favorite. :)

Tracy said...

Betsy, I love pansies as well, but unfortunately so do our deer. IT happens every year and you'd think I'd learn...I put them out, the deer eats them. I feel like they are saying, 'how can you be so stupid? but if you keep putting them out, we will keep eating them! Hah!" ...rascals...

Andrea said...

Hello Betsy, it is nice to know you are feeling better and can already ride outside again, but make it slowly, not too far yet, haha! I love pansies when i saw them in prints, and the first time I saw them in person in Europe and in the mountains of India, I cannot leave my eyes from them. They are really very beautiful for me. Unfortunately, they grow in very cold temps, which we don't have. The total times i saw them: 3x! haha.

Beatriz said...

Uau, so many different and collored flowers!!!
Cheers
Bia
www.biaviagemambiental.blogspot.com

SquirrelQueen said...

All of the pansies are so pretty but I think that bright yellow one is my favorite. I wish they would grow here in the winter but we sometimes get down to the minus digits so probably not.

Glad to hear you are feeling better.

Rose said...

Betsy, Lorelei likes angels, too. and I love pansies...always have. I love all the color variations...had never noticed the angel, though...I see it plain as day now that you have pointed it out.

amy @ Life in Pink Hi-Tops said...

Beautiful pansies. I'd never noticed the angels in them before.

Daisy said...

They are so pretty. It's nice to have something provide some color over the colder months. :-)

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

I can see the angel in the pansies! Beautiful...love the way you describe them

carolina nana said...

Pansy's are one of my favorite flowers also. I'm glad you are feeling stronger.
Hope you'll be hiking again soon.
What crazy weather we are having ,huh !!
Blessings
marilyn

diane b said...

I'm so glad that you are feeling a bit better. I hope you keep on improving. The dear little angel pansies must bring joy to you. I can't wait to see them in spring. I have never been able to keep them alive. hope George's back is okay after planting them.

Marie said...

So glad you are feeling better! I love the different colors of the pansies. I think the purple ones are my favorites because they always look like VELVET!

ladyfi said...

What lovely shots of these merry little flowers. Over here, they are our spring flowers!

Maple Lane said...

Very pretty pansies! So happy you are feeling better, Betsy.

Lynn said...

I have always loved pansies. As a child I had a pansy garden under the birch trees in our back yard. Angels? I can see that now but never heard that before. I have always heard them referred to as their "little faces". So glad you are feeling better and can really notice it. How was Dad when you saw him? Keeping him in my prayers, he must miss his wife so much after all those years together. Blessings, Lynn

Denise said...

Your pansies are lovely Betsy. Yes, definitely see those little angels. So glad you're feeling better now.

Ann said...

I've always loved pansies. Of course here there is no chance of seeing any flowers here in the winter unless you have them growing inside. I love the little angels in them :)

Small City Scenes said...

I love the Pansies and Violas too. Such a happy flower. They make us all smile. MB

Ginny said...

You know I LOVE pansies, Betsy!!! And I did not see angels till you said! That is very cool. The pink one is very different, don't know if I have ever seen one that color. We have had bad luck with them, but maybe we planted them when it was still too hot, I can't remember; it was so many years ago. Will they survive a frost or do you have to cover them??? Snow? I may try again. How are you? Still getting better??

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Pansies won't survive our winter, Betsy, but they are the first flowers we can plant in March. I love all the colors yours are. I never saw a pink pansy before!

Glad to hear you are getting stronger day by day!

JDS said...

Thanks for pointing out the angel - I wouldn't have perceived it otherwise, but now it is so obvious! I hope to see more pictures of the pansies after they grow and spread.

Cicero Sings said...

I always think pansies are such happy flowers! So resilient too. Happy ... resilient ... kind of go hand in hand.

Chatty Crone said...

Oh we have the pansies down here too and makes for such a great winter. I did see the angel. Hope you are feeling better. sandie

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Betsy! I love your cute pansies. They are nice addition to your garden so late in the season.

KathyA said...

Oh they ARE just beautiful! And they always make me smile.