Posted by: Debra Kolkka | February 24, 2011

My poor little pansies have frozen

I put yellow and purple pansies on my balcony and on the bridge below a couple of days ago. They look so pretty with their bright little faces in the winter sun. Last night the temperature fell below zero and the poor little things are frozen stiff.ย  I hope they survive.


the day I planted them

they look so pretty in the sun

now they are frozen

I don’t really have any experience with frozen pansies. Does anyone know if they will recover? The flowers on the bridge are frozen too. Not only that, some rat has already stolen one of the plants. Some people are so mean.

Some of the other plants must be a bit more hardy. They seem to be OK.

the hyacinths are fine

these are not frozen

the daffodils are coming along

it was freezing this morning on the balcony

The sun has now appeared and is shining on my flowers. I hope they recover. I might bring them all in tonight if they do.

I was Freshly Pressed yesterday for the post on climbing the tower in Bologna. I was surprised and delighted. It only lasted for 24 hours, but it was fun. Thank you to the people at WordPress for choosing my little story and thank you to the people who have visited the site and left such lovely comments. I hope you all come back.


  1. I think your pansies will be ok with some sunshine, but probably a good idea to take them in until spring has kicked those freezing temps out!

    I love that last picture, what a lovely view.

    • Thank you. I can fairly easily bring the ones on the balcony in, but the bridge flowers will require a bit more work. I love the view from my balcony.

  2. Brrr Deb, looks chilly.
    Poor little pansies. ๐Ÿ™

    • They seem to be recovering. I should have brought them in. I did that for a few weeks last year. The cold night caught me by surprise.

  3. I am sorry Debra for your pansies! for freezing and for someone steeling them…
    the season is just starting you will have time to grow more and better.
    Good luck!

    PS: I love the last pictures… so creative!

    • Hi Mirella, They seem to be coming good. They are very inexpensive. I will replace them if I need to. Thank you.

  4. Don’t worry about your pansies, they are much tougher than they look. We always plant pansies in our outdoor planters for the winter, and they survive anything mother nature can throw at them. This year they were covered in snow for two weeks, and survived minus 12 degrees for a sustained period. Two weeks later they were flowering again as if nothing had happened.

    “Pansies rule OK” “Let’s hear it for the pansies”


    • Thank you for that information. Who knew that pansies are so tough? They do look good this afternoon, the cheery little things. We have another very cold night coming, the temperature is dropping quickly.

  5. Just popping in to say, exactly what Mike says. Pansies are marketed here as hardy winter flowers, they usually survive frosts, but sometimes get nobbled by early greenfly (aphids) as they are one of the few cheerfully sappy green and flowering things about at this time of year. You win some you lose some. But

    what I really wanted to say was that I love that last photo with all the strong diagonals and the colour palette – it is absolutely fabulous!

    • Thank you for the reassurance about the pansies. Now if I can just stop people stealing them from the bridge all will be good. It is difficult to get a bad photo from our balcony and we love our weather vane despite the fact that is it pretty much useless.

  6. Bugger that someone was mean enough to take some flowers. Maybe they will feel so guilty that they will feel compelled to bring it back.

    Congratulations on getting freshly pressed too! Look at all those comments!

    • I doubt that will happen, I will just replace it. One of the reasons I put the pansies on the bridge is because some idiot had thrown half of the empty pots into the river. I thought by making them look pretty, I might put them off throwing in the rest. You do wonder sometimes what makes people tick.
      Being freshly pressed was a lot of fun. It only lasted 24 hours, but lots of people visited the site – back to normal today.

  7. That last picture is lovely-like the bird has swooped down on a moody, cold winter’s day! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • It certainly was a cold, winter morning. The bird doesn’t seem to mind.

  8. Hi Deb,

    I’m sure the flowers will be OK. I love the weather vane.

    Cheers Judy

    • I brought the balcony flowers in last night, but left the bridge ones out. They are frozen again, but I guess they will be OK. We love the weather vane too. We chose the duck to go with the ones in the river.

  9. The daffodils in the terra cotta pot are so beautiful. I’m envious of the pot. Nothing like the real thing, and yet there’s that fake plastic terra cotta everywhere…

    • We have lots of beautiful terra cotta pots. We get them in Lucca. The plastic ones have their place, but they are not nearly as nice as the real thing.

  10. Owwwwwwww… Im so not a cold weather fan, hope the little pansies make it, I totally feel for them. Great view from your balcony. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • They seem to be doing quite well. We have had a few very cold nights and a brief snow fall a few mornings ago, but they are growing.

  11. When i work in US, we have so many plants, including pansy, placed outside greenhouse got very thick snow on them, almost all pots were covered by snow! I think as long as the leaves don’t get “burn” by snow, they will recovered. If you find the leaves turn silver or “disaturated”, there’s no other way beside cut them off…

    sorry for my poor english ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Don’t apologise for your english, I don’t speak your language at all. The pansies are doing very well.

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