I am in favor of both pansies and violas for early spring color in containers and window boxes, or even just planted in the ground. I purchased and planted my pansies and violas on March 15th and already they are filling out the containers they are in and will provide a grand display in time for Easter weekend.
But I am having a difficult time convincing people in "real life" that it is worth the effort to plant pansies and violas now. They all seem to be programmed to start gardening around Mother's Day weekend in mid-May, when it is too late for these cool weather loving spring flowers.
I'm as persistent as an evangelist trying to convince them to plant pansies and violas in the spring.
They are also surprised that so far this spring, I have not only planted pansies and violas, but have also sowed seeds for peas, sweet peas, lettuce and spinach. And I've weeded some, too.
And tomorrow, "God willing and the creek don't rise", I'll be mowing the lawn for the first time this season.
It's spring! Let's get out into the garden!
And oh, yeah, the original reason for this post... do you prefer pansies? Or violas? Or both? Choose!