There was a sighting in Middlebury last week at the bottom of winding C.R. 16 leading into town, after leaving Das Dutchman Essenhaus for breakfast, of pansies for sale at a small shop.
If one searched the countryside with all the outcropping of greenhouses in the area, I’m sure there are plenty more for sale of these “first plants available”-type of flowers that rather like the cool weather. The most popular of these are pansies and violas, but there are others, if available, that will also tolerate and thrive in the cold, including snapdragons, petunias (if hardened off), and Johnny-jump-ups. There are a variety of perennials that can also be included in the “cool-loving plants,” some of which are candytuft, hardy cyclamen and primrose.
Of course, flowers from bulbs planted last fall or earlier can also withstand cold, including tulips, crocus, paper-whites, daffodils and hyacinth.
Hopefully cold weather is behind us and greenhouse operations can “open for business.” I think we’re all anxious!