When I went out to get the newspaper very early this morning, I realized that it was quite cold and the violas and pansies got their first experience of below freezing temperatures. But by mid morning, with the sun shining on them, they were fine again. That’s what I like about these flowers, their resiliency when it comes to below freezing temperatures. I don’t know why we refer to weak, scared people as “pansies”. Call me a pansy any day! They are tough flowers.
Yesterday after I planted all the pansies and violas, I did some more digging to enlarge my perennial bed along the patio and backside of the house. Here’s a picture to show how far I got on Friday.
Then earlier this afternoon I did a litte bit more sod removal, and now I am nearly done. I do need to extend the downspout drainage pipe a bit, and I think the inside curve isn’t going to be good for mowing around, so I need to fix that. But it won’t take too long to finish, perhaps another hour or so.
Then once all the different perennials start sprouting, I’ll dig them out, add some compost and replant in my bigger beds.
Oh, and did I mention I planted peas today? St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for planting peas, so I went for it, even though I don’t think it got above 50 degrees. I also sowed lettuce, spinach, beets, and radish, and I planted onion sets.