Montana Outdoors

March 8, 2011

Cool weather blooms

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:33 pm

Off and on throughout the winter small flashes of color were visible through the snow in one of our flower beds. Now that most of the snow has melted in the flower bed in the rock wall, it is clear that the color came from some pansies. Bought about four years ago as “annuals”, they have happily blossomed every year since, and very early at that. Some, as these must have been, are bred to stand up to the cold, but these are incredible. A little over a week ago, our night temperature was -8°F: we have since had highs in the low 40’s and nights in the teens or lower 20’s. Today there were blossoms on about a dozen of the plants:

Winter pansy

Winter pansy Winter pansy

Winter pansy Winter pansy

November 16, 2010

Final bursts of color

Filed under: Flowers — Tags: — montucky @ 9:07 pm

Yesterday, the forecast was for a heavy snow during the night, but a quick look at the rain gauge this morning showed that we received an inch of rain instead. And near the rain gauge the Pansies were covered with raindrops.

November Pansy

Tonight, the previous forecast seems to be coming true: the ground and trees are white and the air is filled with beautiful big snowflakes.

Snow on pine

(Photo taken at about 10PM.)

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