I must be the first person in Edmonton to buy annuals. Every year I go out with packs of pansies or violas and plant them into pots scattered around our house. It’s a rite of spring I look forward to all winter. My one trepidation is that someone always stops to say that it’s far too early and the plants will surely die. This year an elderly Chinese lady came by amazed to see anyone planting in April. Yet my plants have defied warnings. None of them have ever died. Pansies survive even -5 C at night. I guess defying the unbelievers is just another rite of spring.