With the good snow coverage we had this past winter, I’m hoping for a high survival rate among any of the “iffy” perennials and shrubs in my garden. A lot of northern gardeners like to push the zone by planting things that aren’t reliably hardy here. I have just a couple of those plants, including a butterfly bush I am hoping made it through the winter.
I did not expect a pansy to survive, however. So, I was surprised to see this one growing in my front bed. It even has a flower! I started lots of pansies from seed this winter, and the plants look ready to move out from under the lights. (Also I need room there for my tomatoes, which I just seeded.) So I plan to plant them out in the next week or so. If this guy can make it, so can they.