Well, the first summer in my new garden was coming to an end. The summer bedding was removed and replaced with spring bedding. What would survived the winter?
Fortunately pansies did! The pansy flower is two to three inches in diameter and has two slightly overlapping upper petals, two side petals, and a single bottom petal with a slight beard emanating from the flower's center. The plant may grow to nine inches in height, and prefers sun to varying degrees and well-draining soils.
They can clearly survive an arctic winter, as this photo taken in March 2010 shows.
My word, how time flies! This is posting No.2012 on the blog!