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Gulley's Garden Center will have flats of Pansies for planting the first week of October. It can't be sooner because we usually have some hot days in September and Pansies don't like the heat. Every year I can't wait to get them started because they bloom profusely until the first hot weather in the spring. The Pinehurst Resort and The Carolina Hotel plant theirs at that time, as does the Village of Pinehurst. These cheerful bright flowers appear in almost every Fall landscape- the hospital, the huge flower pots on Broad St. in Southern Pines, and Pinecrest Plaza to name a few.
I never liked Pansies until we moved here and found that gardening in the Sandhills is very different from the red clay soil in Raleigh. We soon learned what grows in sandy soil.
A surprising thing about Pansies is that they are edible. There are quite a few patient cooks who make candied flower petals and then put them on cookies like the ones below.