Pansy 'Black Beauty'
Before it opens to reveal a shining golden eye, this black Pansy looks very Gothic indeed with petals resembling the cape of Count Dracula. This variety has been around for some time but remains a real talking point as there are so few flowers that are so dark and spooky looking. It is difficult to place in a garden as the colour disappears close to the ground but it makes an interesting pot plant for a table where the flowers can be viewed up close. This one started flowering this week and has lots more buds to open over the coming months.
We have just passed the winter solstice and the wind chill factor makes it feel like the temperature is in the minus degrees right now.