October is the time to plant pansies if you want to have some flowers in your garden during the winter months. Pansies love cool weather and can thrive in a sunny location through the winter and last until May or June. They are some of the longest blooming annuals in our area and come in all colors - even black! It's no secret that pansies make a beautiful addition to your winter landscape, but there's much more to them than that.
Pansies are a perfectly edible flower. You can enjoy just the petals or even eat the entire flower on a beautiful green salad, as a decoration on a cake, or in a cocktail. Just be sure to eat pansies that are organically grown and free from any pesticides.
In German-speaking countries, pansies are called "Stiefmütterchen" which means "Little stepmother," and there's a fun reason why. The petals on a pansy tell a little Cinderella story. Watch the video above to hear the story and see how pansies are perfect for color, taste, and a great story.
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