Treat your pansies

Winter flowering pansies have been flowering their little socks off during this mild winter.  Now is the time to give them some TLC to keep them happy for a few more weeks, until they are replaced by summer bedding plants.

Start by dead-heading the faded flowers, and removing any tired looking foliage. You may find some have succumbed to pansy diseases, in which case remove the plants and bin them. (Do not compost them.)

Then simply water them, as it is surprising how dry the compost can be in May.  For a real treat, add some diluted foliar feed such as Phostrogen.

This lovely wooden box of pansies was given to me at Christmas. Their happy faces are reward for a little bit of pampering!