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Hi, is it too late to buy Winter Pansies online and plant them (in pots)?
When my mum and I went to the garden centre about 6 weeks ago, they'd already sold out. She's gone on holiday and I'd love to plant some as a surprise for when she gets home, as she usually has them every year.
If it's not too late, does anyone have any online recommendations for where to buy them?
No its not too late. Why not give your local garden centre a ring to see if they have had more delivered.Many supermarkets often sell them, well worth a look Violas can offer an attractive alternative Good luck
Thanks Airwaves! Violas - will look out for those as well.
Violas are so lovely - stockier and more floriferous than pansies and they stand the winter weather much better - and scented too
Thanks for the tip! Will look out for violas as well.
If you buy on line and they are sold as plugs, they will be to small to plant out now, but you can pot them up, keep in a cold greenhouse or cold frame and plant out early Spring. If you want to plant out now, the supermarkets have some
In 3/4 inch pots, those can go out now.
Thanks for the advice Lyn.
In fact Dovefromabove, I think it might have been Violas I was thinking of all along. I just thought they were 'large pansies' - didn't know they had their own name. Thanks for that.
Violas are smaller than the big pansies - there are lots of colours and some have little pansy faces and some are plainer
Thanks Dove, I was just about to pop back on and correct myself - I realised I was mistaken. So many pretty flowers to choose from!
Aren't they gorgeous? Every year another one becomes my favourite
I was told you don't have to deadhead Violas like you do Pansies. Is this true? I would make them hassle free!
If I'm growing violas in borders then I don't deadhead them and let them self-sow, but if I've got them in pots on the terrace then I do deadhead them as they look a bit smarter that way. I'm not sure whether that encourages them to flower more prolifically, as I've not grown the same violas in the two different places
Thanks Dovefromabove, mine are in planters. Better get the secutures out.
i havent had a chance to dead-head mine, my chickens have started doing that job for me
lucky you, I'd love to have chickens. Any idea's on plants I can put in planters now to see me through the winter?
I have violas, pansies and cyclemen (hardy ones) out in pots, the Spring and Summer bulbs planted under them. Why don't you get some chooks, they're fab (if you remember to protect your plants that is lol )
Much prefer violas to pansies. When flowerimg eases I divide them, cut flowers and foliage back and pot up.
Thanks for all your comments and advice! In the end, I ordered some winter pansies online (plantmenow.co.uk - would use again) - went for a red and white theme.
I went for larger flowers, as I prefer them in winter. I thought they'd be more low-maintenance. However, thanks for all advice about violas - I had never come across them before, but will definitely get some in the spring. I love the idea of an orange/yellow combo.