Pansies dependably provide color in our winter landscapes and did not suffer cold injury from January’s cold snaps. Pansies are very cold-tolerant plants and will easily handle temperatures down to the mid-twenties and will continue blooming.

Nighttime temperatures into the lower thirties requiring heating units to operate? Check! Daytime temperatures into the 70s requiring AC units to occasionally operate. Check! Heavy rainfall. Check! Wind gusts to near 45 miles per hour (in the Discovery Garden located in Carbide Park). Check! Beautiful sunny days on occasion. Double check!

Overall, the winter season has been a bit weird especially when air conditioning is required on a given winter day and heating is needed during that night. Nevertheless, I still enjoy our winter — and spring and fall — seasons.

Dr. William Johnson is a horticulturist with the Galveston County Office of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, The Texas A&M System. Visit his website at

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