Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hardy Pansies - And Signs of Spring

Last Fall we planted some Petunias and Pansies.

I remember saying something like, "Why, oh why are we planting flowers now when winter is upon us?" My thinking was that the freezing temperatures and the sleet and snow would kill any signs of life - but I was wrong. Not often will I admit that, so make the most of this confession today! ☻
Coming in today from lunch we could see the flower bed for the first time in a week and this is the sight that greeted us.


Are these beautiful, or what?


Three days ago these flowers were under 8 inches of snow!



Our front porch is bright with these small but lovely blooms!


O.K., I know it's soon to be SPRING because I saw the evidence today. Jonquils are popped out of the ground about two inches!


Take a look friends, while you can. I hear we may be getting more snow tonight...but...according to the weatherman it will only be rain and snow mixed and we will get only a light dusting. Even if the snow does cover them up, guess what?

Genesis 8:22
"While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

13 comments:

jack69 said...

Beautiful flowers Fred. Also a goodlesson. It can't be spring in the air, y'all still got some winter.

Today was spring here, a beautiful boat ride but no FISH! shucks. But it was a beautiful day!@!!

Love ya!

Ginny said...

This is amazing! They were actually under snow? How come they didn't get frostbite? We never have any luck with them, maybe we should quit buying them in September. And how can jonquils come up before crocus??

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Fred, I knew this!!!! Snow actually protects the Pansies... IF you had have had no snow --but had lots of frost and extremely cold temps, THAT would have hurt them... Snow is OKAY....

We have Pansies also --which we planted in the Fall. They will probably last until about July --or until it gets extremely hot.
Betsy

George said...

We also planted pansies in the fall, but we don't have any blossoms right now. Hopefully we will in a few days. Our daffodils are starting to pop up as well, but I hope they don't come up too far too soon.

Deborah said...

Hi,
I love pansies, I always get them in the spring. We have about 30 inches of snow so far, so we won't see any for a while yet!
I just watched your video on your hunting trip! I'm glad you decided not to stay. That would be horrible if you got stuck in the woods in a snow storm. My Dad use to go deer hunting all the time. He loved it!
Have a nice weekend.
Deborah

Deborah said...

Hi Fred,
I like what you said, my "human" blog! I never thought of it like that but your are right on! That is funny.
Anyways, if you go to "Edit Posts" it will tell you there how many posts you have. Mine says 1 of 296..
So that is where you will find it!
Thanks, have a nice weekend.
Deborah

Jean said...

Beautiful flowers, The can stand the winter cold better than I can. lol.

~mel said...

I love those little pansies and johnny jump up flowers ~ they are so hardy. They are always one of the early bloomers in our area too.

Cher' Shots said...

Awe, your pansies are beautiful - what a pleasant surprise for you! Just seeing your pics refreshes my dream of spring!
You mentioned on your comment you left about earthquakes that you spent a year on Adak in the Aleutians. My husband spent a lot of time at Shemya AFB as a crew member on reconnicense aircraft staging out of Eielson. And my Dad was at Adak right after WWII.
'love & hugs from afar'

Cher' Shots said...

Awe, your pansies are beautiful - what a pleasant surprise for you! Just seeing your pics refreshes my dream of spring!
You mentioned on your comment you left about earthquakes that you spent a year on Adak in the Aleutians. My husband spent a lot of time at Shemya AFB as a crew member on reconnicense aircraft staging out of Eielson. And my Dad was at Adak right after WWII.
'love & hugs from afar'

Dar said...

Love the scent the hardy pansies bless us with. They not only are hardy but dry nicely, are a spicy surprise in your salad, (take the stamen out first), just eat the petals, but only if they have not been sprayed. Love the smiling faces of the pansy. Have a wonderful, fruitful Spring...we are still cold and under snow. I will get my spring-fix from you southerners. I left you a note on your last entry too. LoveYouTwo
BlessYourHearts

Dar said...

well, lookie there, you got all 3 of us northern sisters in a row...
BlessYourHearts

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Fred, I was looking for an email for you --but couldn't find one.. So--I'll answer your questions here. You asked whether I used a flash... YES I did... You asked whether there were outside lights. YES --a few.... Hope this helps... You will have to try those night snow pictures...
Betsy

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I am Fred Alton Brannen, the son of Louis A. Brannen (deceased) and Bonnie Jones Brannen, Louis was an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God. Bonnie is an Ordained Licensed Minister and at 89 years of age is still actively engaged in speaking and singing engagements. I am married to the former Frances Hildreth. We celebrated 53 years of marriage this past June and we are the parents of 3, grand-parents of 10, and great-grandparents of 10. I pastored in Tennessee for 24 years and served the Church in some capacity in missions for over 23 years. I retired from full-time ministry in August of 2008 but remain active, speaking and singing and teaching whenever opportunity affords itself. In January of 2010 I received a letter of commendation for having been credentialed as a minister in the Church of God for 50 years! My family is very important to me. Our get togethers are always noisy affairs and most times will include family sing-alongs. The children love their Mom's cooking so we have the privilege of seeing them regularly! WE LOVE having them over.

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