Hello, again!

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Today is the first day of fall, astronomically speaking, and we got a cool morning yesterday of 63 degrees and 50 degrees this morning! How about that?! My coffee certainly tastes better on cool fall mornings, bacon smells better, and days are not too short yet. I love this time of year!

We waited until last week to bring out our winter hardy pansies. With literally hundreds of flats in all the colors, it’s time to get these amazing plants into their spots where they’ll be blooming until our color change-out next spring, when we plant our summer annuals. Hardy to below 0, pansies and violas will bloom pretty much all winter long with the exception of the coldest days. They love a snow covering and as much sun as you can give them. Here’s a list of a few of the series of pansies we have in stock now:

Majestic Giants Pansies maintain a huge flower size of 4 inches, and bloom under warm conditions with excellent overwintering and rebloom in the spring. This pansy ranges in colors from blue, scarlet, cherry red, yellow, and orange to pure white. Majestic Giants Mix is an exceptionally long-lived pansy for the fall and spring seasons.

Matrix Pansies are prized for their vibrant, large blooms and consistent growth throughout the cooler season. These beautiful, big flowers appear in a var iety of colors with both blotched and clear faces. These low-maintenance plants allow for easy care in your garden, containers, and landscape, and allow maximum growth with little effort. You will love their bursts of vibrant color!

Delta Pansies mature into compact 6 – 8” wide pansies ideal for small planters, window boxes, or hanging baskets out on the patio. They thrive in a var iety of shady and cool gardens, and promise to radiantly accent any flower bed, walkway, or office entrance.

ColorMax Violas are giant-flowered violas that are heat tolerant and fill pots easily, even under heat stress where standard violas suffer. This viola is a superb autumn performer and a great choice to start the season. An alternative to pansies, violas come in a number of eye-catching and unique colors that are extremely versatile—perfect for beds, pots, baskets and mixed containers.

Like all blooming plants, pansies and violas perform best when fed appropriately. I like to get the transplants off to a good start with ferti-lome Root Stimulator at planting time. I’ll also incorporate ferti-lome Premium Plant Food into the soil at planting time. Blended with water insoluble nitrogen, it’s slow release, and specially formulated for pansies.

We have our annual Pansy Mania Days September 24 - October 3rd. Grab those Mania bucks, come in and pick up most anything in the store while spending Mania Money you’ve earned this year.

Your friend in the garden,

Marty Johnson
Owner - Johnson's Garden Center