Keep your bird feeders full. As the harshest winter conditions approach, the seed feeders rely on us to keep their food source available. Local birds that have come accustom to feeding at your feeder, will become even more reliant on this food source, as the wild source of food becomes scarce.
When the temperatures drop and the summer flowers fade, colorful pansies become a focal point in our gardens, able to withstand the cold weather and bloom even after a frost. In the spring, they’re also among the first plants to bring color back into our winter-dreary landscapes.
Pansies, like violets, are in the Violaceae family. The word “pansy” comes from the French word pensée, meaning “thought” or “remembrance.”
These pretty, delicate-looking flowers are not hard to grow, but they dislike heat, and flowering often shuts down as the thermometer rises. Gardeners in hot climates often treat pansies as annuals—although they are actually cold-hardy biennials—growing them during the fall and early spring, and then composting them as summer sets in. Pansies are generally cold-hardy into USDA hardiness zone 4.