I have a love/hate relationship with fall garden section clearance sales. Last week hubby and I went to Lowes and I went out to the garden center. They had square pots of pansies (the dark pink to white ones which I loved but could buy only in the pot at the cost of $13 per pot!) for 50 CENTS! So even though my fall gardening list was shortened by the few things I did get finished, I just had to buy those poor pansies which really wanted to come home with me. I bought all the car could hold, then later went back with the van and bought more. I have larger pots to put the potted pansies in and more empty large pots for the ones in 6 packs. I love pansies, they are so cheerful and wonderful when the snow is still on the ground and those pansies are blooming like it's spring. Their beauty is fleeting when compared to some other annuals but they give so much cheer to dreary fall and winter months.
Last year my potted pansies got drowned. We had repeated rain, freeze cycles and their pots got filled with water. I hope I've avoided the situation this year. Last time they were in pots with built in saucers underneath, this time the pots won't have saucers and drain much better.
And I still have other plants that need to be put in the ground including 2 butterfly bushes, one of which is in a very large 8 gallon or so pot. I dread digging that hole.