Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gardening A to Z: J is for Johnny Jump-Ups

You know that spring is coming when the Johnny Jump-Ups start to pop up in the garden! These perennial violas are related to pansies. Their bright colors always make me smile. And once I see them, I am always inspired to start shopping for their annual cousins.

It's still too cold to start playing with the annuals right now. I had hoped that over my spring break, I could at least get started. I thought we were going to have an early spring, as temperatures hit the 70s in March. I guess I was wrong. The nurseries aren't even open, yet. You can tell they will be soon, though. And then I can stock up on more of these and their relatives.


  1. I love these cheeky little fellows, they creep audaciously through parts of my garden, heralding the start of a new growing season. In fact, I prefer them to their much more 'blousey' cousins, the pansies - there's something pixie-like with their small faces bobbing about in the breeze!

    Love the pictures hereon your blog - some real beauties!

    And I just noticed your surname - coincidentally, I live about 14 miles from the city of Coventry, here in the UK! ;-)

    Happy A-Z'ing!

    SueH I refuse to go quietly!
    Twitter - @Librarymaid

  2. what a fun name for a fun flower!

    Happy A-Zing!

  3. oh im glad i found your blog through the a-z challenge ! A fellower gardener ! im a new follower hope you check my blog out .

  4. This just makes me want to go plant some flowers. Beautiful!

  5. They are such pretty little plants, but you have to plant a bunch to make them look like anything. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month. My alphabet is at