It’s time to plant pansies in Baltimore. They won’t do much in the way of blooms this fall, but their roots will be busy growing. They’re tough enough to survive Baltimore winters, and any time we get a couple of warm days in a row, they’ll bloom. I’ve had pansies blooming in January! I always buy pansies that have a scent. Usually that means solid yellow. Kind of plain visually, but to have a sweet smell of flowers on a warm day in the winter is wonderful!
Okay, they’re not much to look at. But check out these marigolds I planted from seed:
They’re huge! I got a packet of seeds and sprinkled them in the spring. Not much happened all summer. Then suddenly I had these giant marigold plants that are covered with flowers! This is my second year being successful with seed planting. I hadn’t had much luck in the past, so I stopped trying. Now I think I’ll plant seeds every year.
These particular marigolds are almost solid red when they open, and they turn more yellow with age. I spent several minutes just getting up close to them and admiring them:
I leave this morning for a trip to Nebraska. Woo hoo! Here is the obligatory airplane photo: