Name This Pansy & Win Big!!!

September 15, 2013 | By | Comments (11)
New Pansy

This great new pansy needs a name! Photo: Ball Horticultural Company.

Cool Wave pansies are Grumpy’s favorites. These vigorous, hardy, trailing plants spread two feet wide, making them ideal for hanging baskets, pots, and flowering ground covers. Now there’s a brand new color. Grumpy needs YOU to name it!

Developed by the Ball Horticultural Company, one of the biggest plant breeders in the world, Cool Wave pansies grew out of the Plentifall series Grumpy extolled for their heavy flowering and weather-toughness in a September 2010 Grumpy Gardener.


Cool Wave’s parents — Plentifall pansies. Photo by Steve Bender.

The original color palette focused on softer, cooler colors such as icy-blue, purple, and white. But this new Cool Wave pansy warms things up with a blend of deep red, burgundy, and bright yellow — perfect colors for fall. The folks at Ball want Southern Living readers to name it — that’s YOU — and you don’t have to subscribe to win. (Can Grumpy be more magnanimous? No, he cannot.)

Prizes for the Lucky Winner
Here’s what you get if your entry is chosen and throngs cheer your happy fortune:



1. Miracle-Gro Potting Mix
2. Miracle-Gro All-Purpose Plant Food
3. Jobe’s Organic All-Purpose Fertilizer
4. A Corona spade
5. Garden gloves
6. Rubber garden boots
7. Fiskars Micro-tip Blades
8. A watering wand
9. Olive oil soap
10. Cutter Natural Insect Repellent
11. A water bottle
12. The new pansies shipped to you at the perfect time for planting in your garden!

GRAND PRIZE — An autographed photo of Grumpy himself, suitable for framing, composting, or lining the bottom of a bird-cage. If you opt for the latter, feel free to place Grumpy face up. That way, if I post embarrassing photos of your garden, you can exact revenge by sitting your parakeet over my visage and offering it extra fiber.
Happy Grumpy

A happy Grumpy! Photo: Ralph Anderson

How to Enter
Gaze intently at the beautiful flower at the top and conjure a name that will launch a thousand ships — or, failing that, convey the colors in a catchy way that people can remember. Click here to email your suggested name (only one name and entry per person).

Entries will be accepted from this very moment to the stroke of midnight CST on Sunday, September 22, 2013. The winner will be announced on November 3, 2013. In case two or more peeps enter the same winning name, the person who entered it first wins. If two people enter it on the exact same second, Grumpy will flee to Bolivia and never be heard from again.

So get gazing and conjuring! What would be a really catchy name for this new red-and-yellow pansy? The clock is ticking.

Really Boring Contest Rules I’m Legally Forced to Print
If it’s a terribly slow day, click here to view the official contest rules drawn up by Grumpy’s legal team of Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe.


  1. Steve Bender

    Sorry about the unresponsive link at the beginning of the contest, peeps! See what happens when I leave for vacation? Chaos! It’s working now, though.

    September 23, 2013 at 10:43 am
  2. rebeccabreed

    Today’s your last day to submit your entry!

    September 22, 2013 at 7:25 am
  3. Allison Barnes Carter

    Or, the FSU “Fan”sy–like pansy. Love your posts, Steve!

    September 20, 2013 at 3:21 pm
  4. Allison Barnes Carter

    Since I live in Tallahassee, I’ll call it the FSU Special!

    September 20, 2013 at 3:19 pm
  5. Southern Living
    September 16, 2013 at 9:28 am
  6. Cathy

    Maroon and yellow…Elon University’s colors…Phoenix pansy? Also Univ. of Louisiana at Monroe…Warhawk pansy?

    September 16, 2013 at 1:25 am
  7. Diane

    Not working @ 10:20 PDT.

    September 16, 2013 at 12:22 am
  8. vickie

    Page Not Found

    September 15, 2013 at 11:23 pm
  9. Andrea

    Links still not working…….

    September 15, 2013 at 9:58 pm
  10. A Fall Garden Party | The Writer's Bay

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    September 15, 2013 at 2:35 pm
  11. Barbara Whitehead

    Email entry link does not seem to be working yet.

    September 15, 2013 at 12:36 pm

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