I spotted pansies and violas for sale yesterday. I hurried out this morning and bought a flat of pansies and a flat of violas at Meijers. The primary difference between violas and pansies is that the violas are smaller flowers, more like violets. Both can survive cold and light frost.
I will plant some in my front window box, and the rest in pots to put on the front porch. While I am at it, I'll clean up of a some perennials in front that need to be trimmed back to the ground (as long as the weather holds today and we don't get more rain).
We've had a mild winter, so I am hoping for an equally mild spring, and I'm not afraid to plant pansies and violas now. I can always move the pots into the garage if it is going to get really cold!
I can't wait to get my hands into the dirt!