Pansies are such a welcome sight in thirty degree weather. And I would have a lot more blooms than this, if I’d kept up with my dead-heading.
Dead-heading is just a fun term for removing fading blooms, so others can come in. Why does this work? It’s not just because flowers are vain and want to look fancy. (Which they are, you know.) Flowers eventually become seed pods–and for a plant, that’s what that color show is all about.
Making babies. Tacky.
So, if you nip off the flowers before they make seeds, the plant has to start all over again…with a whole new set of flowers.
Good for us. Hard work for them. But my flowers seem to enjoy the competition.
1. Find a spent bloom and grab it down the stem where if joins the…um…stem. (I don’t know the correct terminology, so I’ll just sing you a song to make up for my deficiency. The lil’ stems connected to the (clap) bigger stem.)
Hey, let’s do a makeover! Here we have one of Ivory’s many neglected pansy groupings:
Also, we don’t like to say ‘problem areas’ in my garden, we say ‘beautification opportunities.’ So, below you see her ‘before’ picture with just one or two minor beautification opportunities circled.
But, after her treatment:
Now, get out there Miss Pansy and adore thyself once more with gorgeousness!