These pansies have been through a lot of seasons since I planted them on March 16th. First, it got really cold and then it warmed up quite a bit, then it got really cold again for several weeks, and then it got warm again. Today it should get to 78 degrees and there won't be a cloud in the sky.
My neighbor commented that these look like purple velvet, so soft that even she, who doesn't garden, reached down to touch them to see if they felt like a soft velvet.
Where did I get these you ask? From a local grower. I'm not going to be all high and mighty and claim that I've never purchased a plant from a big box store, because I have, plenty of times. But I'm always a little happier with my purchase when I get it from a local grower. The local grower in this case is CourtsYard and Greenhouse, formerly Boston Greenhouse.
The name of this flower? Came in a mixed flat, so it has no name that I know of. That means I get to name it! But wait, why don't some of you who come here to look around give me some ideas for names?